ABOUT THE ARTIST
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 create works 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.