Sue McFarland is an internationally acclaimed potter based in Victoria.
Sue completed her Ceramic Arts and Teaching Diplomas in the early 70s and had a professional career in teaching Art and Ceramics at the Diploma level. This continued spanning in excess of 35 years. Concurrently Sue has always run her private studio practice and since recently retiring from formal work, the studio is a place of main focus.
In the later years of her work Sue’s awareness of the Japanese/Korean ethos of tea ware and ceremony has dominated in her interests. Her forms and surfaces are a blend of cultural history and current trends – not a replica, but an influence, and a search for individuality. A recent residency in Jindezhen, China in May 2015 will no doubt have an influence on her work as each kiln is filled and fired with new thoughts integrated.
Sues work practice covers many aspects of ceramics and her skills have responded along many layers with Art works featuring her signature ‘saggar’ surfaces being successfully selected and exhibited in Koblenze, Germany, at the Salzbrand Keramik.
Her works have also featured in New Delhi, India, at the Golden Earth Exhibition. While her invitational presence as an International exhibitor in Mungyeong, South Korea, has featured her teaware at the Tea Bowl Festival for several consecutive years. Her work has also been in exhibitions within many states of Australia and is represented in many private and public collections.
Sue also has a history of volunteering her time within CeramicsVictoria Inc, a local non for profit state organisation. Working as Vice President, then President, and Workshop Officer but has also supported, and been involved with many of the activities that were held within the group at the time. Curating exhibitions and judging shows are another networking skill that she has.
Sue has a long history with ceramics and her interests and experiences with the medium is for ever changing but never ending.