Susan Collett is a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio U.S.A. earning a BFA degree in Printmaking with a Minor in Ceramics. Since 1993 she has run a full-time studio art practice in downtown Toronto. . Public and private gallery exhibitions and commission work sustain her full-time practice.
Large-scale clay sculpture and printmaking has become the focus of her work. The clay works are hand-built of earthenware paper clay and multi-fired to achieve a complex patina of surfaces. The monoprints are printed from plates made of stitched industrial grade roofing copper.
Her work was recently included in the Taiwan Biennale 2012, The New Mexico Museum of Art, Sante Fe, The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art: Canadians Go East, 2013. The International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Kecskemet, Hungary 2011, Sevres Porcelain Museum, Paris, 2010, and an honourable mention at the CEBIKO International Ceramics Biennale in Korea 2009. She has exhibited at SOFA Chicago & New York, Palm Beach and the Toronto International Art Fair.
In 2009, Collett was invited by the ceramic Association of Israel to conduct a Master workshop near the Dead Sea and various invitations to give presentations on her work at The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Hangzhou Art & Design Academy, China and Concordia University in Montreal among others.
Her work has appeared in Ceramic Review, Ceramic Art & Perception, Ceramics Technical various catalogues and publications.
Recently returned from a sculpture residency invitation through the University of Edinburgh, 2013, welding steel & forming aluminum have informed her practice.
Collections include The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Ernst & Young, Toronto, Trump Tower Miami, and The Canadiana Collection of the Official Residencies of Ottawa, Rideau Hall where her sculpture “Filigree” was placed in the private office of the Governor General of Canada.
She received her letters from the IAC, International Academy of Ceramics in 2007 and her RCA, Royal Canadian Academy of Ceramics in 2008.
Collett exhibits at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto, Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Galerie Elena Lee in Montreal and the Christine Klassen Gallery in Calgary.
She is currently working on a new body of print & clay works for upcoming exhibitions in Montreal 2014.
Susan Collett is represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, located in Toronto, the leading contemporary glass art gallery in Canada.