Tarsh Bonnice and Susan Simonini have approached this exhibition of ceramics with a similar vision and theme, but with vastly different approaches and techniques.
Tasmanian born Tarsh is truly familiar with the landscape – it is her history and her story. She has a love of nature and a familiarity with the local flora and botanicals of the North West. Tarsh wants us to observe the small details – the pattern in a leaf, the shape of a budding spring flower. It is this delicate detail of our endemic Tasmanian plants that she seeks to express in her wheel thrown, fine porcelain teapots and cups.
Susan Simonini, after a move from Queensland to North West Tasmania, has fallen in love with her new surroundings, from the rugged coastline and rolling hills, to the alpine landscape of Cradle Mountain. Whilst Tarsh is concerned with the micro, Susan’s work depicts the macro – abstracted images of sweeping landscapes and horizon lines – drawn and painted onto organic shaped forms, hand coiled from earthy clays.
Despite these differing approaches, Tarsh and Susan’s work both reflect a sense of place and an affinity with the natural Tasmanian environment.
Susan Simonini has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) and has been working with ceramics for the past 6 years. She works with rustic earthy clays, hand-building forms which include tableware, homewares and decorative items.
Susan has completed several tableware commissions for high-profile restaurants and has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the recent Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart. She was recently the artist-in-residence at Cradle Mountain Wilderness gallery. Susan works from her home studio in rural north-west Tasmania.
Tarsh Bonnice began working in ceramics 20 years ago and has a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours from the University of Tasmania, majoring in Ceramics. She creates functional, wheel thrown pieces, from porcelain and high- fired stoneware. Many designs emerge from fleeting moments that occur within her natural surroundings and garden – visits from black cockatoos and the blossoming of native flowers. She is also inspired when observing her children at play in nature, producing whimsical imagery of creatures such as budgies and beetles.
Tarsh lives in Northern Tasmania, working from her home studio with views of her native flower garden and the beautiful Tamar Valley.