Susan Icove in her studio in Floyd, Virginia.

About Susan Icove

Susan Icove lives in Floyd, a community in rural southwestern Virginia with one stoplight. When not making lamps, Susan divides her time between her husband, David, and their many dogs and horses. The home Susan shares with her family is over one hundred and thirty-five years old. The challenges of adapting modern living to such an old space, while preserving the character and integrity of the house, has been a profound influence on Susan’s development as an artist. After an earlier career as a successful studio potter, Susan turned over a new leaf, and began to assemble unique lamps out of recycled and found objects. Playful, surprising, and often somewhat anthropomorphic, they are a unique solution to interior lighting. An avid gardener and cook, as well as a passionately enthusiastic mother, Susan brings her domestic sensibilities, as well has her funky, innovative design sense, together in her lighting creations.


Susan Icove was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1955. She earned a BFA in ceramics from Miami University of Ohio in 1977. She worked and taught for two years, and then studied under Bob Anderson for three years at West Virginia University, where she earned an MFA in ceramics in 1981. After completing her MFA, Susan moved to Floyd, VA. An active member of the area’s rich pottery community, she was one of the founding members of the 16 Hands Studio Tour. In 1998, Susan left her potter’s wheel to design handmade lighting, and she has been making lamps and candlesticks ever since.