Susan Silverman was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She began her interest in the arts while a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Following a period of travel and study in Japan, she focused on the ceramic arts and sumi-e (ink painting). Since 1982, she has operated a production pottery studio next to her home in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. She has shown her ceramic work, ink paintings and prints in many regional and national shows. In 2000 she graduated from Smith College majoring in Studio Arts - Printmaking. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. She is currently an Associate Professor in Fine Arts at Franklin Pierce University.
She began teaching ink painting in 1984, and the course was approved as a semester long course in 1995. She has studied with many teachers such as Roppei Matsumoto, Xiaojun Zeng, Liu Tianwei, Dr. I-Hsiung Ju, and Ning Yeh. She continues to enjoy painting using this practice.