About Me

I am Suzanne Reist, creator of Suzanne’s Kiln Works.  I am  a ceramic and glass artist living in central New Jersey.

I started working with clay in the early 1990’s when I took a pottery class in college. I was inspired by my professor’s enthusiasm and talent, and by the simple accomplishment of learning to throw the clay on the wheel myself. This  sculpture of a girl holding a book was one of the first pieces I ever made with stoneware. It was Raku fired, giving it the shimmer it has on the earthy green glaze, and it has been one of my favorite pieces ever since.

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Now, I have a kiln and wheel of my own – great finds on Craig’s List – and I am making necklaces, miniatures and slumped glass wine bottle cheese plates in addition to thrown pieces.

Lately, I have been enjoying melting glass to embellish pendants made of stoneware and glazed with high-fire glazes to cone 6. The glass crackles and gives each piece a unique, interesting and attractive expression. These pendants are especially fun to sell at art shows, and I love when people send me pictures of the necklaces they make  with my pendants.

Thanks for checking out my site!

Suzanne