Susan DeMay's long career of working in clay and many years of experimenting with form and electric-fired glazes have resulted in a wide repertoire of forms in clay that retain the distinctive look of their maker. The work, primarily limited to wall works and vessels, are most often intended for use as functional tabletop wares, though others explore themes and concepts found in painting, sculpture and the craft art of other mediums. All her work employs rich, vividly colorful glazes with different satin-matte and glossy surfaces; a full palette of saturated colors demonstrate a deep involvement in glaze development.. Innovative application techniques have been employed to create unique motifs, storybook narratives, and expressive abstractions.
Susan has been active in the medium of clay for over thirty years as a teacher and a studio potter. Her pottery studio creates a production line with the help of several assistants. These assistants also offer the support needed to produce unique works. She regularly participates in solo and group exhibitions. Her next solo show well run from March-June of 2007 at the Metropolitan Nashville Airport “Arts in the Airport Project”. Her teaching assignments not only include over twenty-five years at Vanderbilt University as a professor, but also as a workshop instructor or guest lecturer at several schools and conferences. As an educator she has also written a number of articles that have appeared in national and international magazines. Her work has also been featured in a number of publications.