Selected Publications


THE SHADOW TWINS: Book 2: Beyond The Binaries
Coming in Fall 2020
This new book in progress  tracks the colonists' story beyond the Binary planets and out into the galaxy.
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'CLARITY & CALMNESS      "Some things that Ive been  learning while sheltering in place at home."

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Wanderers & Visionaries2020

      My grandmother had never seen red hair, never been on a train, spoke four languages that were unknown beyond her tribe’s region. Her family rode around their trackless terrain on shaggy ponies as if taking a vacation, unconfined and uncontested in that vast, magnificent and hostile place. She was an expert tracker, hunter, rider and fighter; on that eventful day, her brother was hiding with their ponies, out of sight behind the snow, in case her ploy to get onto the train failed.

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The Shadow Twins: Trouble On Stone Planet. Book 1 of the Binaries Trilogy. Blurb Books 2019.  Print

     This suspenseful story concerns the inhabitants of two binary planets, Blue and Stone, in the Merchant System of a far distant galaxy. The prologue introduces the dramatic formation of the two planets from an asteroid that crashes into the sun. Millennia later, bio-engineered humans settle and cultivate these remote, tandem worlds.

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"Ray Gonzales: Telling Stories." Ceramics Art & Perception, No. 109. 2018: Print

      On the tenth of June in 2017 I took the train from Oakland to Sacramento, a longtime favorite route for me. Rain was falling, an unusual event lately, as we wound through the marshlands and behind the sugar cane factory. The cars were full, and people were talkative, laughing and joking with strangers. I recognized five spoken languages, received a gift of tacos and some cookies, and had ample time to think about the way common struggle in California has shaped our recent history. It is important, essential, that we stand together. For this to have lasting results, we first need to understand our history, and the work of artist Ray Gonzales is a torch held high for that understanding.  

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“Margaret Keelan: Reality Twice Removed.” Ceramics Art and Perception, No. 103 pp 70-75. 2016: Print

“Alan King: Point Blank.” Review of King’s book of poems. 2016:


“Melting the Sun: Echocosmic.” Oakland Museum of Ceramics Press.


“Tiffany Schmierer: Urban Quotidian.” Ceramics Art and Perception, No. 95, pp 71-73. 2014: Print


“Nuala Creed: Ceramic Archivist.” Ceramics: Art and Perception, No. 92. pp 76-78. 2013: Print


“Influences, Intersections & Innovations.” Catalog essay, Third Annual Ceramics of America. John Natsoulas Press: Davis pp 9-11. 2013: Print


”Jennifer Brazelton: Essential Structures.” Review by Susannah Israel.



Oakland Museum of Ceramics Press,  Blog, articles and reviews by Susannah Israel, Resident Artist Director, 2010 -2018.


“Jon Gariepy: Stormy Weather.” New Ceramics: the European Ceramics Magazine, No 3, pp 8-11. 2012: Print


“Transcendant: Michelle Gregor, David Kuraoka and Don Reitz.” Ceramics: Art and Perception No. 88 pp 50-53 2011: Print


“Sustaining the Creative Spirit.” The Studio Potter, V 39 No 1 pp 45-47. 2011: Print


“Into the 21st Century: The Association of Clay & Glass Artists.” Introduction. ACGA: San Carlos. 2011: Print

“Las cadre at Black Bean Ceramic Art Center: the first 5 years.” 2011: las cadre: the first 5 years


“Atmospheric Firings: the Tradition of Acceptance.” Exhibition review. ARTSHIFT: San Jose. 2011: Online


“Intersections & Influences.” Catalog essay, Ceramics Annual of America. John Natsoulas Press: Davis pp 2-8. Print: 2010


“David Kuraoka: Legacy of Fire.” Review of the artist’s retrospective exhibition at Pence Gallery, David. History of Kuraoka’s teaching legacy at SF State University, 1971-2009, and interviews with participating artists.



“Deep Impressions: the Sculptural Records of Richard Akers.” New Ceramics: the European Ceramics Magazine, No 3. pp 17-19. 2008: Print


“Shalene Valenzuela: Believe It Or Not.” Davis, California: John Natsoulas Press, catalog pp 1-5 2009


"Working Big: Sculpting Industrial Clay Pipe." Ceramics Today Dec 2004. s: 4 pages.


"In Pursuit of Beauty." Studio Potter Mar. 2002: Print


"Woodstoke 2000." Ceramics Technical Issue 12 2001: Print


“Permanent Record: Clay Bodies.” MFA Exhibition Thesis, San Francisco State University. 24 pages. 2000: Print

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