Susan Budge
Susan Budge




Touching clay for the first time was my epiphany.  The physical, sensual, direct qualities of this material have challenged me for the past thirty-three years. While the majority of my work has been abstract, there have been periods interspersed with figurative and narrative series.  When my life was in trauma and turmoil, my work served as catharsis. When my emotional life is stable, my work has no need for imagery or text.

My preferred method of creating is to work in a spontaneous manner to try to capture information from my subconscious. I also createworks for public commissions and to honor people I respect. For “Tribute”, the ceramic hard hats, my inspiration came from my grand-dad’s oil field hard hat.  He worked as a rough neck, driller and tool pusher, before he started his own small drilling company. He had little education, but was extremely intelligent, ethical, hardworking and kind. My dad, his only son, also worked in the oil industry, as a Geologist. My respect, admiration and love for him is beyond measure. My tribute to him are the ceramic drill bits.  “Out of the Depths” will be a combination of these tributes, a reference to my spiritual beliefs and a vehicle to draw attention to our continuing need to protect our environment.

My interest in mythology, illusions and psychology all inspire my work. When in a period of introspection my work is quiet and contemplative. When issues arise that concern me I use my work to address them.  Now I am balancing concerns, turning back to the sensual and mysterious, celebrating the unknown, cherishing the moment and anticipating life’s surprises.


Susan Budge (b. 1959) has been making ceramic sculpture for forty years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University in 1983, a Master of Arts degree from University of Houston in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Texas at San Antonio in 1999.

Budge’s work has been included in hundreds of exhibitions throughout the United States and is included in private collections in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia and Greece. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Angelo Museum of Art, the Art Museum at Northern Arizona State University, the Art Museum of South Texas, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Budge has completed public commissions for Brackenridge Park, The South Texas Center for Blood and Tissue, and Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio. Corporate Collections include Five States Energy, Dallas, The University of Texas San Antonio, Tesoro, Project Control, San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Wyatt Energy, Houston.

Budge’s thirty year teaching career began with Artist in Education Grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts. In 1995 she  became Department Head of Ceramics at San Antonio College where she earned tenure, full professor, was awarded the NISOD excellence in teaching award and established an endowed ceramics scholarship fund prior to retirement in 2015.  Budge now lives in Houston where she continues her studio practice and teaches ceramics at the Art League of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts Glassell School.





M.F.A. University of Texas
San Antonio, TX  (1999)

M.A. University of Houston
Clear Lake, TX (1987)

B.F.A. Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX (1982)



Gifts, Guardians & Objects of Affection
Redbud Gallery
Houston, TX


Susan Budge
Dock Space Lone Star Studio
San Antonio,TX


Secrets Concieved, Visions Revealed
Avis Frank Gallery
Houston, TX


Funk and Budge
Darke Gallery
Houston TX (two person show)


Out of the Depths
The Nave Museum
Victoria, TX

Out of the Depths
Thom Andriola, New Gallery
Houston, TX


Myth Magic and Mystery
Thom Andriola, New Gallery, Houston, TX

Myth Magic and Mystery
The Goddard Museum of Arts, Ardmore, OK


Myth Magic and Mystery
Galleria Ortiz Contemporary
San Antonio, TX

Myth Magic and Mystery
The San Antonio Botanical Gardens
San Antonio, TX


Eye Spy
New Gallery
Houston, TX


New Gallery
Houston, TX


Art League of Houston
Houston, TX


New Gallery
Houston, TX


UTSA Satellite Space
San Antonio, TX


New Work
New Gallery, Houston, TX


Secrets Conceived, Visions Revealed
Visual Arts & Technology Center
San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX        


Apex Collection
NCECA Conference,

New Orleans, LA


New Gallery, Houston, TX


Judy Youens Gallery
Houston, TX


West Texas Visions
HWCA Firehouse Gallery
Houston, TX


X-Rays & Other Visions
Art League of Houston
Houston, TX


Falling Angels & Other Tragedies
La Strada, Houston, TX

Victoria City Hall
Victoria, TX


University of Houston
Clear Lake, TX


Galveston Artists’ Guild
Galveston, TX


Eastfield College
Dallas, TX

Soft Earth Gallery, Richland College
Dallas, TX


Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

Fragmented Remains
Lubbock Lights Artists’ Cooperative
Lubbock, TX


Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX


2015 – Present

Ceramics Instructor
MFAH Glassell School of Art; Houston, TX

Ceramics Instructor
Art League; Houston, TX

1998 – 2015

Professor, Head of Ceramics and Art Metals
San Antonio College; San Antonio, TX

1995 – 1998

Instructor, Head of Ceramics and Art Metals
San Antonio College
; San Antonio, TX

1991 – 1994

Adjunct Instructor
San Jacinto College; Houston, TX

1990 – 1991

Art Instructor
Corpus Christi Catholic School; Corpus Cristi, TX


TCA Artist in Education; Levelland, TX


TCA Artist in Education; Victoria, TX

GROUP, Invitational &
Juried Exhibitions


Seven Ceramic Artists
The Nave Museum
Victoria, TX

Houston Art Alliance Juried Exhibition
William’s Tower
Houston TX

Glassell Faculty Invitational
University of Houston Clear Lake

Empty Bowls Invitational
Archway Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

The Flower Show
Hosted by James Surls
Splendora Gardens

Goodbye, Farwell, Amen
Spring Street Studios
Houston TX

Round Top, TX

In Residence
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston, TX. Curator: Sara Darro

21st Century American Clay Artists
Leedy/Voulkos Art Center
Kansas City, MO. Curator: Jeff Wyman

Profusion in the Void
Texas Sculpture Group, Artspace 111
Ft. Worth TX

Art For Hope
Houston TX. Curator: Paul Pettie

Art on the Green
Kemp Center for the Arts
Wichita Falls, TX. Curator: Joe Barrington

SFASU Collective Transference
Curators: Michelle Mathews, Jeff Forster
Nacadoches, TX

VAA Juried Show
Spring Street Studio
Houston, TX. Juror: Cindy Lisca

8 x 8
Biblical Arts Center
Dallas, TX

Myth and Symbol
Art League of Houston
Houston, TX

Once Upon a Time
The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Houston, TX

Back to the Future
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Houston, TX

International Sculpture Conference
Cerbera Gallery's “Sculpture Salon”
Kansas City, MO

The Small Show
Red & White Gallery
Fayetteville, TX


Above and Below / Sculpture Month Houston
Decorative Center Houston
Houston, TX

The Big Show
Lawndale Art Center
Houston, TX

Capsule Gallery
Houston, TX

Project Space
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston, TX


CraftTexas 2014
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston, TX


Regional Expressions in Vitrified Clay
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


The Texas Biennial: An Independent
Survey of Contemporary Texas  Art

The Mexican American Cultural Center.
Austin, TX
Curator: Michael Duncan


Postmodern Primitives
HCG Gallery
Dallas, Texas
Curator: Ansen Seale


Texas Uprising
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
San Antonio, TX
Curator: Bill Fitzgibbons


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston, TX
Juror: Suzanne Ramaljak


Area 405 NCECA Baltimore
Curator: Thomas Pergola

Airport Art Space
San Antonio, TX
Curator, Diana Roberts

Southwest School of Arts and Crafts
San Antonio, TX


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston, TX
Juror: Lawrence Rinder

Texas Clay
University of Texas
San Antonio, TX
Curator: Ron Boling

Arts and Eats
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
San Antonio, TX


New York, NY

Loveed Fine Arts
New York, NY

21st Century Ceramics
Columbus, OH

North Harris County College
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational

New Gallery
Houston, TX


New York, NY

Loveed Fine Arts
New York, NY

Art and Charity
Finesilver Gallery
San Antonio, TX

The Waco Art Center
Waco, TX


Loveed Fine Arts
New York, NY

San Angleo Museum of Art

New Braunfels Museum of Art

The Center for Spirituality at
Incarnate Word University
San Antonio, TX


San Antonio Spring Show, A Flower Invitational Finesilver Gallery
San Antonio, TX

Earth and Fire: Ceramic Sculpture
San Antonio Museum of Art
Curator: George Nuebert


  • Resident Artist, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2015 - 2016
  • Mayor’s Appointee, City of San Antonio Cultural Arts Board 2006 - 2008
  • Award of Merit: CraftHouston, 2006
  • Artist of the Year, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, 2004 
  • NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003
  • Director’s Purchase Prize, San Antonio Art League Annual Juried Exhibition, 1999
  • Cash Award, San Antonio Art League Annual Juried Exhibition, 1997
  • 3rd Place: Juried Show, University of Houston Clear Lake, 1993
  • Best of Show: East End Show, Lawndale Arts & Performance Center, 1988
  • Edith McAshan Award, Hill Country Arts Foundation Ingram, TX, 1987- 1988
  • Exhibitors’ Award: Texas Designer – Craftsmen; Juried Membership, 1985
  • Honorable Mention: Annual Juried Art Exhibition; Jewish Community Center of Houston
  • Critic’s Choice: 12th Annual Spring Exhibition; Galveston Art League, 1985
  • Certificate of Merit, Texas Fine Arts Association; Lubbock, TX, 1991
  • Certificate of Merit, Texas Fine Arts Association; Austin, TX, 1989


  • Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art
  • The San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Daum Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The White House          
  • San Angelo Museum of Art
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Northern Arizona State University Museum
  • Baites Container; San Antonio, TX
  • Project Control; San Antonio, TX
  • Five States Energy; Dallas, TX


  • South Texas Blood and Tissue Center;
    San Antonio, TX
  • Tesoro; San Antonio, TX
  • Brackenridge Park; San Antonio, TX
  • The Children’s Museum; Victoria, TX
  • Lady Bird Johnson Park; San Antonio, TX
  • Texas Commission on the Arts; Levelland, TX
  • Texas Commission on the Arts; Victoria, TX


  • The San Antonio Express News, Enchanted Garden, Dan R. Goodard, 2008.
  • Inside Magazine, The Heart Collection, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center collects works by local artists that reflects its mission, Dan Goddard, 2009
  • The San Antonio Express News, For sculptor Budge, the eyes have it/Houston exhibit shows off whimsical creations, Dan R. Goodard, 2006
  • Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 53, Referencing, Peter Drake,  2003
  • 21st Century Ceramics, 2003
  • Voices of Art, Summer 2001
  • San Antonio Express News; March 10, 2000, Bloomin’ works offer a fresh take on art, Dan Goddard
  • City Search San Antonio; November, 1999, Jennifer Wehut, Stones and Clay
  • San Antonio Express News; November 19, 1999, Colorful Guardians, Dan Goddard
  • San Antonio Express News; August 8,1999, Evolution of style is point of ‘Points in Time,’ D. Goddard
  • Southwest Art Magazine4th Dimension, November 1991
  • Houston Press, April 1991
  • Siren Magazine, May 1991
  • Houston Chronicle, January 1990
  • Houston Post, January 1990                                  
  • Montrose Voice, January 1990
  • Houston Metropolitan Magazine, True to Form, February 1989
  • The Victoria AdvocateSeptember 1988