Sue Tirrell – Red Lodge Clay Center

Sue TirrellPray, Montana

Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident 2020

Born and raised in Red Lodge, Montana, Sue Tirrell received an AA from Cottey College in Nevada, MO in 1995 and a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997.  Her work draws inspiration from her experiences living in Montana and the West, her fascination with animals and interest in folk art, antiques, western art and culture.  Her work has been exhibited widely in the US, Canada and Australia and she has taught ceramics and multi-media workshops across the Country from college classrooms to one-room schoolhouses.  Sue lives and works in Montana’s Paradise Valley.

I came to clay as a college freshman, intent on studying Graphic Design and was won over by the prospect of combining illustration with three-dimensional objects. My pots employ mythic animal imagery, crisp design and riotous color to bring playfulness, character and storytelling to daily kitchen rituals and special occasions.