I was born and raised outside of Detroit into the very large DeDecker family – an active and easily distracted kid with a penchant for projects.
I was always making things, interested in trying any material I could get my hands on: cloth, strings, clay, plastics, wood, metal, plaster. I entered a casual relationship with clay after I received a BFA in sculpture from Michigan State University and discovered that it was easier to set up a kiln and a table for clay than to invest in welding equipment and a foundery.
This cavalier attitude led me to a lasting and meaningful connection with ceramics, and when I moved form Colorado to New Mexico I pursued an MFA at New Mexico State University. It was in the ‘Land of Enchantment’ that I found a voice for my self-expression, and for the last ten years I’ve been working as a studio artist with clay and metal, as well as working part time as an instructor of ceramics at NMSU in Las Cruces.
– Suzanne Kane