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Jun 25, 2014

by Susan Simonini

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My name is Susan Simonini and I’m a ceramic artist. I live and work from my home studio on the Gold Coast in Australia.

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I studied fine art at university, majoring in painting and printmaking. By the time I graduated I had gallery representation and continued to paint and exhibit my works for over 10 years both locally and nationally. My husband and I were also raising three boys, so it was a hectic time!

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By 2011, in a tough financial climate, all of the galleries that represented me closed their doors. Feeling disillusioned and a bit burnt out, I packed away my paints and took a teaching job. Around that time, I discovered the inspiring creative community on Etsy, and it wasn’t long before my love of art and craft resurfaced. I started making small collages and opened an Etsy shop.

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Early in 2013 I took a class at my local community pottery studio, as ceramics was something I had never done before. To my surprise, I fell totally in love with everything to do with pottery – from the tactile nature of the clay and almost meditative process of hand-building, to the complexities of decorating and glazing. When I listed my ceramics on my Etsy shop at the start of this year I was overwhelmed with the positive response from customers.

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I mainly use hand-building clays that are gritty and give a great texture when fired, such as terracotta or raku. I use pretty basic, traditional techniques such as coiling and slab construction and prefer not to use mechanical equipment like slab rollers and extruders. It is the imperfect form I love – the uneven edge, the organic shape, the imprint of a finger left by the maker. After a piece takes shape, I decide on decoration, which ranges from hand-painting with underglazes and etching into colored slips to applying decals and tissue transfers. I get a lot of inspiration from nature, found objects, and the local coastal landscape.

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After selling on Etsy for nearly six months, I have seen the potential in my business. I recently invested in my own kiln, cut back on my teaching job, and my husband is in the process of transforming our garage into a working studio. I am so happy and grateful that my Etsy shop and my wonderful customers are allowing me to do what I love and give me such a supportive environment in which to follow my creative dreams. It doesn’t get much better than that!

All photographs by Susan Simonini.

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Ceramic Pasta Plate - Pottery Plate - Pasta Plate - Pasta Dish
Ceramic Pasta Plate - Pottery Plate - Pasta Plate - Pasta Dish
susansimonini
$29.23 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Large Oval - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Large Oval - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$24.62 USD
Large Cheese Platter - Serving Platter - Ceramic Cheese Platter - Pottery Platter - Platter
Large Cheese Platter - Serving Platter - Ceramic Cheese Platter - Pottery Platter - Platter
susansimonini
$65.38 USD
Speckled Side Plate - Side Plate - Rustic Plate - Ceramic Plate - Pottery Plate
Speckled Side Plate - Side Plate - Rustic Plate - Ceramic Plate - Pottery Plate
susansimonini
$26.15 USD
Ceramic Cake Plate - Shino Plate - Pottery Plate - Rustic Cake Plate - Ceramic Plate
Ceramic Cake Plate - Shino Plate - Pottery Plate - Rustic Cake Plate - Ceramic Plate
susansimonini
$20.00 USD
Hand Painted Porcelain Vessel - Ceramic Pot - Pottery - Ceramic Vessel
Hand Painted Porcelain Vessel - Ceramic Pot - Pottery - Ceramic Vessel
susansimonini
$46.15 USD
Hand Painted Porcelain Vessel - Ceramic Pot - Pottery - Ceramic Vessel
Hand Painted Porcelain Vessel - Ceramic Pot - Pottery - Ceramic Vessel
susansimonini
$46.15 USD
Hand Painted Porcelain Cup - Ceramic Cup - Pottery Cup - Ceramic Tumbler
Hand Painted Porcelain Cup - Ceramic Cup - Pottery Cup - Ceramic Tumbler
susansimonini
$34.62 USD
Rustic Green Bowl - Breakfast Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Pottery Bowl - Cereal Bowl - Speckled Bowl - Green Ceramic Bowl
Rustic Green Bowl - Breakfast Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Pottery Bowl - Cereal Bowl - Speckled Bowl - Green Ceramic Bowl
susansimonini
$30.77 USD
Speckled Tumbler - Pottery Cup - Ceramic Cup - Ceramics and Pottery - Coffee Cup - Tea Cup - Grey Speckle
Speckled Tumbler - Pottery Cup - Ceramic Cup - Ceramics and Pottery - Coffee Cup - Tea Cup - Grey Speckle
susansimonini
$19.23 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$24.62 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$24.62 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$24.62 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Small Oval - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Small Oval - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$23.08 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$24.62 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$24.62 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - Speckled Earrings
susansimonini
$24.62 USD
Set of 2 Ceramic Side Plates - Pottery Plates - Rustic Plates - Stoneware Plates - Ceramic Dinner Plates
Set of 2 Ceramic Side Plates - Pottery Plates - Rustic Plates - Stoneware Plates - Ceramic Dinner Plates
susansimonini
$49.23 USD
Ceramic Plate - Square Plate - Pottery Plate - Rustic Plate - Large Plate - Abstract Plate
Ceramic Plate - Square Plate - Pottery Plate - Rustic Plate - Large Plate - Abstract Plate
susansimonini
$42.31 USD
Condiment Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Spice Bowl - Sauce Bowl - Trinket Dish - Jewelry Dish - Jewelry Bowl - Ring Dish - Earring Bowl
Condiment Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Spice Bowl - Sauce Bowl - Trinket Dish - Jewelry Dish - Jewelry Bowl - Ring Dish - Earring Bowl
susansimonini
$16.92 USD
Small Bowl - Pottery Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Speckled Noodle Bowl - Rustic Bowl - Snack Bowl - Bowl
Small Bowl - Pottery Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Speckled Noodle Bowl - Rustic Bowl - Snack Bowl - Bowl
susansimonini
$26.15 USD
Original Abstract Art - Mixed Media Art - Abstract Art on Paper - Abstract Art - Unframed Art - Free Local Shipping
Original Abstract Art - Mixed Media Art - Abstract Art on Paper - Abstract Art - Unframed Art - Free Local Shipping
susansimonini
$76.92 USD
Original Art "Embers" -  Original Painting - Abstract Painting - Acrylic Painting - Abstract Art - Free Local Shipping
Original Art "Embers" - Original Painting - Abstract Painting - Acrylic Painting - Abstract Art - Free Local Shipping
susansimonini
$150.00 USD
Original Abstract Art - Mixed Media Art - Abstract Art on Paper - Abstract Art - Unframed Art - Free Local Shipping
Original Abstract Art - Mixed Media Art - Abstract Art on Paper - Abstract Art - Unframed Art - Free Local Shipping
susansimonini
$76.92 USD
Rustic Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Serving Bowl - Black Bowl - Stoneware Bowl - MADE TO ORDER
Rustic Bowl - Ceramic Bowl - Serving Bowl - Black Bowl - Stoneware Bowl - MADE TO ORDER
susansimonini
$26.92 USD
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - "Imprint" Mini
Ceramic Earrings - Dangle Earrings - Ceramic Jewelry - Ceramic Jewellery - Earrings - "Imprint" Mini
susansimonini
$35.38 USD

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