In a small, backyard workshop in the rolling hills of Castra, Susan Simonini busily works surrounded by clay and pots of glaze. The diminutive figure is surprisingly strong with a talent for prints and tedious hand-crafted clay work.
Susan derives her inspiration from shapes in nature and the local coastal landscape, allowing the process and the clay to guide her crafty hands. Her hand building techniques – slabs, coils and pinching – along with using a variety of earthy stoneware and earthenware clays; allows Susan to embrace the imperfect form and the unpredictability of the creative process.
You will see Susan’s art in the form of plates set on the table when you arrive at CharlotteJack Restaurant. Embrace the uneven edge, the asymmetrical shape or the imprint of a finger left by the maker, and the incredible time and amount of skill it takes to create a useable piece of art.
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