What do you get when an experienced painter and screen printer discovers they have a knack for pottery too? An absolutely gorgeous range of stoneware – that’s what! Susan Simonini holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and has exhibited her paintings internationally for over ten years. But last year she yearned to let her creative juices flow further, and decided to take up pottery at a local studio. Fast forward twelve months and her flair for pottery making is evident.
Susan says she has fallen hard for the art of pottery design. Whilst she starts off each of her creations with a loose idea of the design, she lets the clay help determine the shape and style of the end product.
“I like to use minimal equipment and prefer to hand roll the clay, rather than mechanical methods such a slab rolling and extruding. I allow the process itself to determine the end product, whether it be a piece of art or a functional object” she says.
Susan’s pottery range spans highly decorated pieces through to tactile rustic and simply glazed designs. I must admit the planters made from rough textured clay which also can double as a vase has my heart aflutter with their organic forms. But it is hard to go past the cute marshmallow bowl with scalloped decorated trim too (pictured below).
This may be a strange comment to make about an inanimate object, but Susan’s stoneware actually make me smile. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the shapes, rough glazing and simple patterns resonates strongly with me. Perhaps the icing on the cake is how Susan spends her spare time. When not pottering in her studio, you can find her riding her skateboard down the beach. I think it is this joie de vivre that is reflected throughout her work.