Susan Ramsay-Smith / Craft MA

Using local clay is primordial and combines landscape together with materiality and process. The individual style of each piece evolves as I discover the clay’s geological qualities. These sculptural forms capture elements of tradition by bringing iron into clay cannons, shot and maps. I create a narrative relevant to contemporary political and conservation issues using site-specific clay.

In my future practice I’ll scale up cannon and shot as vessels and sculptural triptychs, representing my interests in clay, iron and toad conservation.

I studied Art and Ceramics at Eastbourne College of Arts, completed my City & Guilds, Art and Design in Ceramics at Sussex Downs College and gained a qualification to teach adult education. Since 2002 I have taught in schools and tutor regular workshops from my barn studio. I exhibit with Kent Potters and Sussex Arts Collective at The Crypt Gallery, Seaford and other selected events.



Clay sculpture of ox


Circular clay sculpture


Circular clay sculpture


Map painted with clay
Pigments Map


Artists poster with photos of sculptures and text