Susan Frackelton

Year inducted: 2005
1851-1932

Susan Stuart Goodrich Frackelton has earned a place in the national spotlight due to her ground-breaking work with ceramics, china painting and the art pottery movement of the late 19th century. She studied landscape painting under one of Wisconsin’s earliest professional artists, Henry Vianden, those lessons influencing the compositions on her ceramics and china designs. As part of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, her salt-glazed stoneware, china painting and patents for the invention of the gas-fired kiln put her squarely in the advance guard of that movement. As a teacher she gave many women the skills needed to develop their talents into a profitable living. As an author her book “Tried by Fire” reached a national audience and broadened her influence beyond Wisconsin. She organized the Milwaukee Artists’ Association, was president of the Wisconsin School of Design, was a friend to many prominent artists of the period, and during the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago, earned nine medals for her ceramic work. Additionally she won many other medals at expositions throughout the United States and Europe during the 1880s and 90s.

Works by Susan Frackelton