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Susan McKinney

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Susan McKinney

Born: 1984

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK

Based in: San Rafael, California

 

Susan McKinney is a ceramic artist and award winning designer. Susan began exploring clay’s materiality in 2008, connecting her passion for inventive design with natural materials. Today, Susan’s work is known for its expressive forms, uniquely woven style, and boundary pushing experimentation.

​Her design contributions over the past 12 years are notable, with honors from IDEA, Spark, FastCo Innovation by Design, and the National Design Award from her 7 years at New Deal Design, a renowned design agency in SF.

​In 2017, Susan founded SKINNY, an art and design studio. She both makes and sells her one of a kind work and provides design consulting services to clients.

Her work seeks to connect people to the wonders of the natural world, especially the unseen ones.

​In 2019 SKINNY debuted an exclusive collection with West Elm, that launched nationwide in stores and online. She has been awarded two international ceramic residencies in Greece and Denmark. Based in Marin, she is a member of Wheelhouse, a ceramic collective in Sausalito. She also volunteers at Pond Farm Pottery, a Bauhaus rooted historical landmark for California pottery, nestled in the Armstrong Redwood Forest.

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Woven Pendant

Susan McKinney, United States

Lighting

US$ 1,100

Sprung

Susan McKinney, United States

Design Objects

US$ 1,000

Sprung

Susan McKinney, United States

Design Objects

US$ 1,000

Sora

Susan McKinney, United States

Design Objects

US$ 1,200

Ghost

Susan McKinney, United States

Design Objects

US$ 2,400

Fuchsia Loop

Susan McKinney, United States

Design Objects

US$ 2,400

Dark Matter

Susan McKinney, United States

Design Objects

US$ 2,400

Amber Waves

Susan McKinney, United States

Design Objects

US$ 4,500

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About Susan McKinney


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What inspires you?

Things that are invisible - the space and energy that is normally unseen in everyday life. Air, gravity, etc. Studying nature is also an endless source of inspiration, being both perfect and wild, informs my process and forms.


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Describe your creative process.

My process is driven by the intentional mix of structure and serendipity. The approach is methodical, with certain elements of chance that result in unique outcomes every time.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

organic, airy, surprising


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Eva Zeisel, Marguerite Wildenhain, Judy Tuwaletstiwa


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

My hands!


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

To let the material guide you.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

Outdoors, wither to the coast or exploring the rolling hills of Norther California.

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