Ted Sutherland

Ted Sutherland AIA ACHA

"My work is spontaneous, without preplanning. I focus on the randomness of my process to achieve textural forms that are pleasing and evocative. "

Ted Sutherland's sculptural work evolves from and responds to the 45 years he spent practicing architecture. Architecture is a form of sculpture, but has extensive, limiting rules. The sculpture created by Sutherland has no such limitations. His work is the antithesis of architecture: spontaneous and random. His work has evolved into objects that are purely for visual pleasure.

Sutherland creates his work from clay using a rolled slab technique. Each slab is textured in a random fashion. Pieces are cut from the slabs as needed during the sculpture's evolution. Each sculpture is dried, then fired twice. Multiple glazes are used to emphasize the texture and form.

Sutherland is an architect. Early on in his practice, he pursued a contrasting outlet by studying pottery at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. In 2009, he reduced his architectural practice and began working at Buck Creek Pottery in Nelson County, Virginia. In 2011, Sutherland moved to a studio in City Clay in Charlottesville and has been evolving his work ever since.

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Blue Dreams
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 400
Fisherman
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 1,720
Life Pod
Ceramic Vessel

$ 560
Yellow Submarine
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 300
Dark Castle
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 3,000
Formal Collar
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 300
Storm Clouds
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 600
Queens Bishop
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 700
Gothamite II
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 600
Dark Light King
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 480
Prairie
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 760
Queen
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 480
Warrior I
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 240
Joyous Moment
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 1,460
Morning Visions
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 1,150
Bronze Flowers
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 800
Green Tower
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 900
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Annapolis Art Festival, Annapolis, Virginia, Annapolis, 2015
Art on the Square, Williamsburg, Virginia, Williamsburg, 2015, 2016
Textures in Black and White, Charlottesville, Virginia, City Clay, 2015
Gallery Show, Nellysford,Virginia, Virginia, 2010