Ceramicist Shari Lowndes of Melbourne studio Szilvassy feels most at ease when seated behind the wheel in her Carlton studio, working with clay.
“I relate it to a form of meditation; it requires focused attention to a singular movement. It’s in this state I find a sense of calm,” she says.
The artist creates earthy hand-thrown terracotta bowls, cups, jugs, plates, dishes and planters. You can find her works in the 12 suites at Melbourne hotel United Places – which commissioned her to make 400 one-of-a-kind pieces using a blend of three different Australian clays – and across town at Carlton wine bar Agostino, for which Lowndes created several delicate ceramic display bowls, jugs and raw, un-glazed vases.