Michele Gregor and Susannah Israel | Gesture & Meaning: the Figure in Conversation

June 15th – 19th, 2015


^ Left column: Michelle Gregor
< Right column: Susannah Israel


Michelle Gregor and Susannah Israel will create a collaborative figurative sculpture in one week. Both sculptors are experienced instructors with expertise in public commissions and large-format work.  They will demonstrate their successful approach for designing and building complex ceramic sculpture, discuss clays and surface techniques, and share insights of their creative process and sources.
Intermediate to advanced skills recommended.

Susannah Israel’s Bio

Susannah Israel’s seminal work is widely shown and appears in private and public collections around the world, such as the American Ceramics Collection of the Mint Museum, the Archie Bray Foundation, Mission Clay, Gladding McBean and the Sculptor’s Dominion.  Israel was the 2011 Jentel Critic at Archie Bray, received a Virginia A. Groot Foundation grant, an NCECA Resident scholarship to Archie Bray, and a Distinguished Faculty Service award, among many honors.  She remains the only artist from the USA ever to win the Fletcher Challenge Premier Award for her dynamic piece, Lobo California, now in the permanent collection in New Zealand.

As a working artist, writer and educator in an urban setting, Israel engages the viewer in her gritty yet passionate view of humanity. Humor, love and struggle are always part of the message.  Technically, she is known for her expressive working methods and signature glazing with color and texture. Recent work depicting theatrical costumes was acquired by the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.  Israel holds an MFA in Ceramics from San Francisco State University and currently teaches for Peralta Colleges in Oakland.

Michelle Gregor’s Bio

California artist Michelle Gregor lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her career as a sculptor spans 27 years.  Michelle heads the Ceramic Department at San Jose City College.   She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. Her figurative sculptures in ceramic and bronze are in homes, offices, and gardens of private collectors. Larger scale architectural work may be seen in such locations as the Spa at Pebble Beach and The Olympic Club on Sutter Street in San Francisco.  Her work has been described as lyrical, graceful, and spiritual.

Exhibitions include solo shows at Space 743 San Francisco and extensive group showings including The Garden Gallery Walk at Yerba Buena Gardens and the California Crafts Museum in San Francisco.