Susan Duhan Felix lives in Berkeley, California and has been a serious ceramic artist for the last sixty years. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City, the Craft and Folk Museum in Los Angeles, the Oakland Museum in Oakland, California and at Christie's in London, U.K. , the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley and has a piece in its permanent collection.
She has pieces in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia, and her work is owned by the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles and the Jewish Museum in the former Soviet Union.
She is currently the Art Ambassador for the City of Berkeley, a member of the Berkeley Cultural Trust, and has served on the Berkeley Art Commission for six years and as president for three of those years. She is a founder of the Jewish Arts Community of the Bay and served as its first Executive Director.
In 1987 the California State Assembly passed Resolution No 1452 commending Susan Felix for her brilliant display of artistic talents and her exemplary record of community leadership. In 1989, the City of Berkeley honored her by declaring March 16th, 1989 Susan D. Felix Day and again honored her with the same award in 1999. In 1993, the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women honored her as an Outstanding Berkeley Woman.
Susan was selected for the special Millennium Edition of Marquis' Who's Who of American Women and has been in Marquis’ Who’s Who for the last three years. She was chosen by the International Biographical Center as one of the 2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century. She was also selected for the 'World Who's Who of Women for 2009.
In 2017, Susan was selected by Peter Selz for a retrospective at the GTU Library, at Berkeley. The show covering 60 years of work. She in very interested in Interfaith collaboration and presently has work on display at the Islamic Cultural Center and Berkeley City Hall.
Her work is pit fired ceramic. Pit firing, one of the most primitive of firing methods, requires surrender of control over results. Susan states: “I surrender my artwork and control to fire and trust in what will emerge. ..Just as we can trust in the light returning on a daily basis, I have come to trust the possibility of powerful pieces emerging from the flames. I am drawn to the mystery and magic of the ancient and try to evoke similar responses in my art. The Hebrew words for faith, emunah and art, omanut come from the same root. My pieces represent the constant struggle to find the light amidst the darkness and chaos of our lives. “