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Susan Tunick

Susan Tunick is an artist working in New York City. She has worked on both private and public art commissions, and site-specific works using ceramics, tile and brick. She has been a guest artist at Watershed, participated in a resident at the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC), and her work can be seen in the NYC schools and subway stations.

Tunick is also the president of Friends of Terracotta, a national, non-profit that promotes education and research in the preservation of architectural terra cotta and related ceramic materials. For more information visit:


Lobby detail with 3-story, plum-colored terra cotta wall by Hardy, Holtzman, Pfeiffer, Associates, for the Ohio Theatre Galbreath Pavilion Addition, Columbus, Ohio (1984). (Photo: Cervin Robinson.)
This is an innovation. It is indestructible and as hard and as smooth as any porcelain ware. It will be washed by every rainstorm and may if necessary be scrubbed like a dinner plate.
In the early 1980s, I was teaching a ceramics class at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City and living in the neighborhood of Gramercy Park. After four years of carefully wheeling my daughter in her stroller around potholes, high curbs, and worse, I was free to look up once again. The buildings in those areas were the subjects of my first investigations into ceramics in architecture.