Susan Peterson

Susan Peterson ceramics artist, educator, and writer who brought the lives and techniques of Native American women potters of the Southwest to a broader American audience. As head of the ceramics department at USC starting in the ‘50s, Peterson led summer sessions at the university-sponsored Idyllwild School of Music & the Arts in the San Jacinto Mountains. In the early ‘70s, she won a federal grant to bring influential Native American potters from Arizona and New Mexico to Idyllwild to demonstrate their craft. She also wrote several books on Native American artists and their work.