Susie Olsen is clearly not a trumpet player. I’ve been fortunate to know her for twelve months now, and she has never blown her own trumpet, yet she has great cause to. Her sophisticated, elegant sculptures are breathtaking. So is she.
Susie grew up in Wellington It was in high school that she sensed she would live the life of an artist.
Initially, she explored photography, but it was whilst living in the Snowy Mountains that she discovered the pleasure of working with clay. Susie spent three years exploring the medium, studying ceramics in Canberra, emerging with a Diploma of Ceramics. While still young, she took off travelling through SE Asia.
On her return to Australia, the ensuing years involved creating a family and several homes, with her then partner, Martin, and sons Leon and Otis in Bundanoon, NSW, and later Mullumbimby NSW. It was in Mullumbimby that Susie had her own studio. This, of course, meant she could give her talent more time. Discovering yoga simultaneously opened up her world. Yoga connected the force of the creative to the forms of her sculpture work.
Initially her sculptures were designed for domestic interiors and landscapes. An architect friend, on seeing her works from this period, claimed these pieces were her “maquettes” – small scale models of an intended work. He saw the lines, proportions and shapes translating into sculptural art for public spaces.
From this point on, Susie turned her focus to larger pieces and began to enter her work into sculpture events. Whilst she achieved great success and accolades in these events, she still continued to sculpt smaller pieces for domestic interiors and landscapes.
In 2007 she entered her first public art piece into the Tea Tree Plantation Sculpture Show. “Sister Moon”
Her work was well received. Spurred on by this result she then entered SWELL Sculpture Festival 2008 at Currumbin Qld with “Alchemy”
The following year she entered another major piece into SWELL Sculpture Festival winning the Major Acquisition Prize and Emerging Artist Prize in which the piece was purchased by a sculpture park in Cairns.
“Seat for the Soul”
More recently her work has been purchased by Elements Resort Byron Bay and is displayed in the Sun Bistro.
“Hands to the Heart”
Susie has spent the last few years caring for family, building herself a new home in Mullumbimby, working and launching her sons into the adult world. She intends to travel next year and on her return she will be ready to re-immerse herself into her ceramic work, inspired and informed by her travel experiences.
Currently, Susie is available to work on commissions for patrons, collectors and public art projects – actually for anyone with an eye for arrestingly stunning beauty!
You can make your initial contact with Susie by writing to her at