Susan Gordon, Founder and Chief-Creator of Susan Gordon Pottery
Posted on 20 April 2021
This week's Tastemaker Tuesday features Susan Gordon, who creates handcrafted pottery, jewelry, and framed flowers.
Hey y’all! I’m Susan Gordon, Founder, CCO, and Owner of Susan Gordon Pottery. My team and I design and create handmade pottery, framed clay intaglios, and jewelry from squishy wads of humble clay. Our aesthetic is classic at its core, but purposefully ever-evolving. I have two rambunctious kiddos, ages 4 and 6, that keep me laughing and exhausted.
My family on my mother’s side is originally from France and many of them worked in the textile industry in France and in America. I am fascinated by my French heritage and named several of my signature pieces in honor of several of my relatives.
What motivated you to start your own venture creating handcrafted pottery and jewelry?
Ever since college, I have worked an art side hustle while working full-time. My goal from day one was to work for myself. For almost a decade, I spent countless weekends in my basement/garage studio. In 2013, my efforts finally showed some promise, the business started to gain some traction, and I hired my first employee. It was pretty incredible timing, because I found out, simultaneously, that I was pregnant with my firstborn.
Susan wears the new Torerro Gown.
Fashion and textiles have always been a huge source of inspiration for my work. My mother’s side of the family is from France and they were all in the textile industry. I was lucky enough to inherit my Great Grandmother’s tatting and a hand woven piece by my Great Grandfather. Mood-boarding with Pinterest and magazines have become a big source of inspiration for me, as well. Lately, I am pinning and cutting out a lot of flowers, wallpaper, and plaster relief. This process helps me to pin point something I am loving, even if I am not sure how it relates back to my work just yet. Eventually, the process informs my work, but it might take years!
Some of Susan's handcrafted designs.
Seeing my designs come to life in my customer’s homes! It never gets old. I am incredibly lucky to be able to create what I really want to and then see that people want to buy it!! I do not take that gift for granted. I know what it is like to not sell a single piece at an art show or craft fair (it’s happened MORE than I care to admit!). It is the most defeating feeling to put your all into your work and for it to not be received well...or at all.
Third, Travel. Travel with my little family or my husband, girl trips, and big family trips. It takes me a few days to decompress, but when I finally do, creativity flows so much more freely.
As a daughter to a working woman and a working mom to a daughter aged 7 years old, I want to leave a legacy of dreams accomplished. I desire to teach my daughter that, rather than being afraid of her dreams, she should unashamedly embrace them!
As a fellow woman-owned business, I am drawn to brands that uplift, encourage and empower women. Mestiza’s commitment to inclusivity and to classic, timeless design resonates deeply with me. I love how much value Alessandra and Louisa put on their family history, future legacy, and how they aspire to create products and a brand that will live for generations to come.
This dress has a classic, figure-flattering cut with the most gorgeous detail. Being in the business of handmade pottery, it’s not often I get the privilege of dressing up in such a beautiful, well-made piece. As a lover of bold pattern, the floral, tropical design gives me all the best chinoiserie vibes.