Susan Thayer was born in 1957 in New York, New York. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982 with a BFA in ceramics and began her studio practice immediately thereafter. Her works can be found in a variety of prestigious collections public and private, including Boston, Massachusetts’ Museum of Fine Arts; the DeYoung museum in San Francisco, CA; and as a promise gift to The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles, CA. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Public Collections:

RAM, (Racine Art Museum). Racine, WI.

Museum of Contemporary Craft. Portland, OR.

De Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) promised gift. Los Angeles, CA.

RISD (Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art). Providence, RI.

Museum of Fine Art. Boston, MA.

Newark Museum. Newark, NJ.

The Kamm Teapot Collection. Statesville NC.



Books and catalogues:

Garth Clark, The Artful Teapot. New York: Watson - Guptill Publications, a division of BPI Communications, Inc., 2001.

Ulysses Grant Dietz, Great Pots, Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy. Madison: Guild Publishing, 2003.

Beatrice Hohenegger, Steeped in History, the Art of Tea. Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2009.

Leslie Ferrin, Teapots Transformed, Exploration of an Object. Madison, WI: Guild Publishing, 2000.

Jo Lauria, Color and Fire, Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950 - 2000. New York: Rizzoli International Publications and and Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2000.

Matthias Ostermann,The Ceramic Surface. London: A&C Black, 2002 and Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

-----The Ceramic Narrative. London: A&C Black Limited, 2006.

Marvin Sweet, The Yixing Effect: Echoes of the Chinese Scholar. Beijing: Foreign Language Press, 2006.

Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, 500 Teapots, Contemporary Exploration of a Timeless Design. New York: Lark Books, 2002.


Authored Articles

"Reaching to the Past," Ceramics Monthly (Apr. 1994): 56-58.

"Mould-Making or the Slip Caster," CeramicsTECHNICAL 1 (1995): 43-46. Reprinted in Ceramics: Art and Perception 23 (1996).

"Bulb Flowers - The Process," Ceramics: Art and Perception 23 (1996): 74-75.