Susan Bolt is a 1955 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a double Major in painting and sculpture. She has been creating her signature style of art for over 50 years. Early in her career, she also studied at the Center for Creative Studies and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from art school, she moved to Detroit with her husband Russell where she worked freelance for Hallmark cards, J.L. Hudson’s display department. She also illustrated for the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine where she received many awards. For over 21 years Sue was active in the Detroit art scene teaching at Wayne State University and Oak Park High School. She has conducted many workshops in ceramics and paintings for the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, the Flint Institute of Art Museum, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and the Detroit Institute of Arts to name a few. Her ceramics, paintings and prints are exhibited in many galleries, and museums and are in many public and private collections.
Bolt Studio has been an operational working studio since 1974. Sue and her husband Russell, purchased 15 acres and a 100 year old Farmers Grange Hall in Charlevoix, Michigan, with the idea of creating a working studio. The family moved to Charlevoix and started to refresh the old Grange Hall into the working studio they have today.
The Studio has completed many varied and diverse projects in its 34 years of operation. Some highlights are the custom, large ceramic tile installations and large painted commissions for private clients and various organizations.
In 1984 Sue had the opportunity to travel to Japan visiting artists in their art Studios, schools, and museums. From that experience, she came away with the belief that art is best when it is locally designed and produced. She continues to explore new areas to expand her creativity. In March of 2008, in collaboration with long time friend and author, Susan Goopigan, she illustrated “Gadoo, an Armenian Folk Tale” published by Wayne State Press. Her signature angels, ceramics, and paintings are on display in their Studio Showroom in Charlevoix, Michigan, the Flint Institute of Art, and the Rubini Gallery in Benzonia, Michigan. This summer she will participate in select art fairs throughout Michigan. Prints, cards, tiles, and one of a kind pieces are available for purchase online. Go to the section of interest to view pieces that are available and click the order button to add to your shopping cart.