Suzanne Hill

Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor, Ceramics

Suzanne Hill


Suzanne Hill has worked in clay for over 45 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design, she went on to study with Wayne Higby, Val Cushing, Bob Turner and Dan Rhodes at Alfred College of Ceramics, earning of Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art.  Since then, she has taught ceramic art at the university and secondary level, and worked as an independent ceramic artist in New York City and at the Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC.  She lived overseas for over ten years in Peru, Mexico, and Bangladesh; where she studied their traditional crafts and worked with indigenous potters.  She currently shows her work in galleries in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Jackson Hole, WY, Salt Lake City, UT, Scottsdale, AZ, and Sedona, AZ.  Suzanne divides her time between the Umbrella Center for the Arts, in Concord, MA and the University of Notre Dame.

“I see myself as both an artist and a craftsperson.  What separates fine craft from an ordinary object is that it surpasses pure function and emerges as a thing of beauty.  Trained in both illustration and ceramic art, I am always challenging myself to explore how to find a creative intersection between the three-dimensional form and two-dimensional decoration.  My work currently focuses on the use of the saggar firing technique that relies on the randomness of chemical fuming of each piece in an enclosed ceramic container.  Each piece is unique.  Success requires setting up the right conditions and then trusting the process.  My recent work explores the relationship between classical shapes and forms found in nature. The pieces are inspired by the landscapes of coastal New England and the American southwest.  The classical vessel shapes become a canvas for an abstract interpretation of the landscape, rock formations and sky.”


B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design - Ceramics and Illustration 
M.F.A. Alfred College of Ceramics - Ceramic Art


220 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Selected Works