Susan Harris' ceramic work evolves from her long-held fascination with artifacts from the past, most notably ancient Oriental and Etruscan bronze ritual vessels. She is preoccupied with the mysterious purposes, intricate surface details and mythological symbols, which characterize these objects. Using clay instead of metal, not to mention a contemporary rather than ancient temperament, she challenges herself to re-interpret their forms and meanings.
Recent work references techniques and forms in a process called reduction cooling, where no glaze is applied to the external surface of the works in order to retain crisp and intricate textural details. The appearance is reminiscent of wrought iron. It has been a logical step for to investigate similar forms with greater functional intent, and to finish them with the addition of color and pattern resulting from atmospheric firings in salt, soda and wood-fired kilns. Harris' pieces do not speak of this time and place in history, but could exist any time in the past or future as well.