San Diego-based ceramic artist Susan Aach has a deep and reflective spiritual connection to her environment. Having grown up in Hawaii, Susan’s aesthetic is highly organic. This aesthetic is the inspiration for her many textures, derived from her personal experience with nature, especially the ocean. She feels that a piece of art should not only be visually pleasing, but also interesting to the touch, provoking conversation.
Susan’s past career was focused mainly in the wholesale clothing industry, where she worked in both sales and design. She gave up the corporate world when she discovered her undeniable passion for clay, transforming her life by utilizing her business and design skills to produce and market her art.
She started creating ceramic planters to combine both her love of clay and affection for plants, especially the succulents and cacti growing in the garden next to her studio. Being an avid scuba diver and outrigger canoe paddler, she searches for sculptural specimens that mirror life under the sea. She honors these unusual plant creatures by creating distinct containers that are not only functional, but also complement their unique beauty.
The “Wave” texture is one of her newest creations, formed by manipulating the soft clay solely with her fingers. This technique is very labor intensive, with the result being dramatic. As each plant is unique, so are each of Susan’s designs, with their own distinctive shapes and personalities. Most of her work is high-fired stoneware, hand-built without the use of a potter’s wheel. Thus, everything she creates is durable and one-of-a-kind.
Her work is highly collectible and is featured in several upscale nurseries and home décor stores throughout San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. A list of retail venues and events can be found on her where to find page, and her redesigned website now includes an ecommerce shop that ships direct to the consumer.