Handmade Design: Susan Simonini

Before Susan Simonini became a potter, she was an accomplished artist. She spent a decade painting and screen printing in Australia’s Gold Coast. In 2011, the galleries that represented Susan closed because of tough economic times. So Susan became a teacher.

But the best was yet to come! In 2013, she took a pottery class and discovered her new passion. She listed her work on Etsy and it was a great success. Susan was “overwhelmed by the positive response from customers.”


11887299_915640138473055_818774877_nWhat’s great about Susan’s work is that there is something for everyone. The variety that Susan Simonini’s collection offers is amazing. From patterns to bright colors to neutrals, her collection has it all. Leaving you wondering what’s next for Susan. 

She says “most pieces develop organically with just a loose idea of a shape or design in mind. I allow the process itself to determine the end product, whether it be a piece of art or a functional object.”


10919743_408234115999026_741503034_nSusan uses a variety of clays and techniques to create her pieces. Most of her work is hand built while others are wheel thrown. Her hand built pieces are my favorite because the are perfectly imperfect.

She says she “thoroughly enjoy(s) the multitude of processes and unpredictable outcomes of working with clay. Each individual form and each type of clay lends itself to different surface treatments. So some pieces are simply glazed and others become highly decorated with my art.”


il_fullxfull.903555113_ahowSo where does all her inspiration come from? Susan gets her inspiration from nature, found objects and the costal landscape.

When she is not making beautiful pottery, she has her hands full raising three children. Susan can also be found longboard skateboarding at the beach.

To find out more about Susan Simonini and her pottery go to her website.

Photos by Susan Simonini

Samantha Meldrum
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Samantha Meldrum is the Editor and Curator. Handmade Curator is a creative blog and creative community. Every day we connect thousands of people with designers, artists, makers and bloggers.


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