Suzie Stone (Class of 2017)

Major: Ceramics

I chose Marywood because of the beautiful campus and short distance from home. My mom, who is my role model, also attended Marywood so it excited me to follow in her footsteps. My freshman year I had a hard time choosing a major. In May of 2014, I left Marywood for one semester and attended the Farmer Training Program at the University of Vermont. It was that experience that made me realize how important handmade products were. I returned to Marywood excited to build a strong relationship with clay. It is very important to me to grow some of my own food and eat that food off of pottery I made.

I chose to major in Art because I truly believe life is too short to not follow your heart. Sometimes I get this feeling when I’m creating art and I hope everyone gets to experience it in their life. It is a mixture of butterflies and good spirits. I know when I get that feeling I am in the right place at the right time.

When I’m not in class I am either in the ceramics studio, spending time with my family, or outdoors.

My favorite class…I truly loved all my ceramics courses. I feel so lucky to have learned from professor Matt Povse.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was participate in two wood firings at Nan Burti’s ceramic studio. Both firings were such special experiences.

When I graduate I hope to run a small sustainable vegetable and flower farm and do pottery. I hope in my lifetime I can help promote sustainability as well as inspire others. I want to help people use food and art to relieve stress and understand the true meaning of life.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because I have not had one teacher I didn’t like. Teachers make or break how you feel about a class. Somehow, the Marywood Art Department has managed to hire kind, encouraging, and inspiring teachers.