Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Website!

I now have a website!  It has lots of pics of my work, information on where you can buy my ceramics and all my contact details.  Also I will be blogging from that site from now on, so head on over to www.susansimonini.com.au and check it out!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Finders Keepers

I am so excited to not only to be exhibiting my ceramics at Finders Keepers, Brisbane in November, but also to be a featured designer this week on the blog.  It's such a fantastic market, can't wait!


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sculpture Workshop

Yesterday I went to the first day of a two day workshop by the amazing Clairy Laurence, who makes beautiful busts of young girls/women.  The morning was spent shaping the face, neck and shoulders, followed by a delicious lunch served in Clairy's unique bowls. Then in the afternoon we finished off the head and attached it to the neck.  All the heads, at this stage, looked pretty alien like and spooky, but hopefully next week, once we put in the eyes and finish off the details, they will start to look better.  It's hard to imagine that they will look anything like the gorgeous creations Clairy makes!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Interview on The Potters Cast

Recently I had a great chat about all things pottery, with the lovely Paul Blais, a podcaster from the United States.  If you want to hear a little bit more about my creative journey you can listen to the interview online at The Potters Cast.  I feel very humbled to be among such an impressive groups of interviewees.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

More Throwing Progress (and a bit of exciting news!)

Last time I was on the wheel, I decided to try and go bigger (because as we all know it's better ha ha!).  A larger lump of clay is much harder to centre and I ended up with a graze on the side of my hand from all the effort, but ended up with three good bowls. Two, unfortunately went to pottery heaven.  In my mind they were a lot bigger than they actually are, but nonetheless, are good sized noodle/soup/serving bowls.  But as thrilling as this is, I have some even more exciting news. Today I was interviewed (via Skype) by Paul Blais, host of The Potters Cast. Paul's podcasts are so inspiring and I was very humbled to be included among the impressive group of potters that he has interviewed.  My interview will be podcast next Tuesday, can't wait to hear it and fingers crossed that I didn't sound like a total nutcase!




Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Fresh From the Kiln

In anticipation of the QAGOMA Winter Design Market, I (and the kiln) have been in overdrive.  This morning before I went to my teaching job I checked the kiln and there was an error message saying that the kiln had 'fired too long'.  Aaaarggghh, not what you want to see from a brand new kiln with a full load.  It had cooled down by the time I got home from work and there was that scary moment of cracking the door open... and then relief that everything looked more than fine - yah!!  I did learn another thing today though - if you make a set of something and you want them to look the same,  make them from the same batch of clay!




Saturday, 5 July 2014

Throwing Progress

Some time ago I posted some photos of my first wheel thrown pots.  I am progressing slowly as I only get to go on the wheel once a week at pottery class, but I am quite happy with the shapes I am getting. I have such an admiration for potters who can make a whole set of things the same size!!  All decorated and glazed I think these pots make great little succulent and cactus planters.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Winter Design Market

This month I will be having a stall at the Winter Design Market, held on Saturday 19th July at GOMA, Brisbane.  I have been super busy making some new rustic planters, vases and bowls.  Here is a sneak preview!

 

 



Thursday, 26 June 2014

Featured Seller

I am over the moon to be the featured seller on Etsy!!  When I was contacted a few weeks ago, I went into a mild panic. I had to answer interview questions and of course, completely over-thought everything and took days to write a couple of paragraphs.  I must have re-read and re-wrote it at least 50 times!!  Then I had to get some professional looking photos done, but I only have a pretty average camera, so I had a limited time to borrow a quality camera and get some decent shots.  I enlisted my husband to take the photos.  Big mistake!  I liken it to putting up a tent together - not good :(    Then I went to plan B and set up the camera on a tripod to get some process pics.  The minute I did this the sun disappeared and my studio was super dark.  So I moved everything outside and started again, phew!  But in the end it was so worth the effort.  I think the article makes me sound relatively normal and the photos (after a few hours in Photoshop) turned out better than I expected.  It is very exciting to be recognised in the creative community, and totally heartwarming and overwhelming to read all the positive and encouraging comments readers have left.  I feel very blessed!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Construction

I am very lucky to have a handy husband who is converting our garage into a pottery studio.  In addition to my new kiln, I am getting a LOT of shelving, a nice big solid work table for wedging and rolling, and a clean area for wrapping and packaging.  Up until now I have been doing everything in a studio which used to be a large bedroom - so now that can be used for design work and computer stuff, paperwork etc.  I won't have to constantly clean and move pottery from one table to the other as I move through each stage of the making process.  In the meantime though there is a bit of chaos and mess, a lot of trips to Bunnings and sawdust on every surface!


Saturday, 14 June 2014

TVM Tomorrow

I will be having my first stall at The Village Markets tomorrow.  I was checking out their website this morning and was so excited to see myself (well a bowl, not me literally) on the home page!  If you live on the Goldie or are taking a day trip down from Brisbane, pop in and say hi.  It is an amazing market with fresh designer clothing, vintage goodies, lots of unique hand crafted homewares, great food and live entertainment..and of course, beautiful ceramics from moi!!  Well, I better get back to the bubble wrap.

 
 


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Etsy Australia Feature

Today, two of my bowls were featured in a collection of garden inspired items on the "Shop Australia NZ" page.  So lovely to be included amongst all these fantastic locally made goodies.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

New Kiln!

After much deliberation, I took the plunge and bought my own kiln!  It arrived this week and I couldn't be happier (even if I am now broke).  Luckily I had a lovely electrician on hand (husband) to wire it all up and have done two perfect bisque firings already.  It's SO nice not to have to pack everything in bubble wrap and do an hour round trip to do each firing.  More time for making - yah!  I just put the program in for a glaze firing and loaded her up again, so fingers crossed...

Monday, 2 June 2014

I'm in Home Beautiful!

Two of my pots are featured in this month's Home Beautiful magazine!  I did joke to a few people that they would probably be out of focus or cut out of the shot, and as it turns out my prediction was fairly accurate - my cloud bowl is a bit fuzzy and you almost need a magnifying glass to see the scalloped bowl, but who cares, they're in there and so is my name!!!



 

Friday, 9 May 2014

One more Sleep!

I am so excited to be attending my first ever market at the Tweed River Regional Gallery Artisan Market tomorrow. I have been super busy making lots of new pots, bowls and plates, designing brochures and labels, working out my stall set-up and ticking off a long list of things I need - wrapping paper, carry bags, sticky tape, scissors, string etc etc (you get the picture!). I feel like I could open my own shop I have so much stuff. Now, will it all fit in my car...





Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Design Crush - Bridget Bodenham

I am so in love with these gorgeous pieces by Australian potter Bridget Bodenham.  I have only recently discovered her work, but she is somewhat of a celebrity in the world of ceramics.  I was reading an interview she did for The Design Files back in 2011 where she said "Working with clay is a slow and technical process, always surprising, a bit of a challenge but I never stop thinking about what I want to do next"  Couldn't have said it better myself!




Saturday, 3 May 2014

Happy Accidents

Any potter will tell you that opening a kiln is an exciting but scary moment.  I almost hold my breath every time I crack open the door, and then exhale with relief when I catch a glimpse of the contents and it's all ok!!  A couple of months ago, I opened the kiln to find a whole batch of pots ruined as a result of using the wrong glaze.  This was not a happy accident by any means!  However, every now and then something unexpected happens in the kiln and you are pleasantly surprised with the results. I recently bought some white earthenware clay, but accidentally fired it a little high and it came out a creamy yellow colour (kind of like aged paper).  I was always planning to decorate it with a vintage illustration and I think I like it way more than if it had been white!



Sunday, 27 April 2014

Stylin'

I just love to see how other (more talented) people style and photograph my ceramics.  Here is a gorgeous photo that a customer, Kirsty, took of my breakfast bowls.  Mind you, it's not just any old happy snap.  Kirsty has a beautiful style blog Otis and Otto, so she is super creative. 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Falling for Florin

I recently made a set of custom speckled cups for a gorgeous online shop called Falling for Florin.  Owner Emma, is passionate about supporting Australian artists and has a range of unique homewares, ceramics and jewellery, all handmade in our own backyard. I was so excited to see my pieces so beautifully styled on the website.  As I write, a matching serving platter is in the kiln and will be available exclusively from Falling for Florin very soon!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Mini Break

Brooms Head is a small beachside town in Northern New South Wales, about 20 minutes from Maclean.  We have been holidaying there with family and friends for the past 15 years and it is my favourite place in the whole world! Although to tell you the truth I haven't been to that many places in the world!  However.. it is quiet and picturesque, and is the perfect antidote to a hectic city life (or in my case suburban life).  For five days last week, we swapped driving for long walks on the beach, traded nightly television viewing for lively, and sometimes drunken, discussions around the fire, and most importantly switched off those time-sapping digital devices and soaked up the sun, surf and great company!!  And I even found time for some plein-air pottery!


 




Thursday, 3 April 2014

I am Here

Super happy to have my scalloped planter featured in a favourites list by style blogger Hayley from Deerfield Vintage.  Her Victorian based shop sells high quality vintage clothing and accessories. Check it out here.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fresh from the Kiln

I just fired a new batch of rustic bowls and dishes.  The bowls are heading off to lovely customers in Victoria and Canada, but the shallow dishes will be for sale at the upcoming Tweed River Gallery Artisan market in May. 

 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Light Love Design

Thanks go out to Theresa from Light/Love/Design for featuring my planters on her new blog, which is full of creative inspiration, including some amazing fashion photography.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Scalloping

Some planters being decorated with a scalloped edge - next up, applying tissue transfers and glazing.