Inside the studio of Souzana Petri

Souzana Petri answers some of our questions about her inspirations, the best part of being an artist, and more.

Souzana Petri © Photograph: Charis Panayiotou

What’s your background?

I was born in 1992 in Nicosia. I graduated from the University of Brighton where I studied 3D design and Crafts specialised on ceramics and metals.

After the completion of my studies I participated in a lot of exhibition in Cyprus and abroad.

A big part of my practice is the exchange of artistic residences as since today I ve been well in India, Normandy, Greece and Spain. I opened my ceramic studio in Ermou street where I do my practice and teaching ceramics. Without second thoughts is my favourite area of the old town of Nicosia.

The last 5 years I m teaching to children in public and private schools how to learn the history of Cyprus through interactive ways of teaching; through clay

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What’s the best thing about being an artist?

The freedom to express your feelings no matter what

As an art maker, how do you structure your day?

I always have a plan from the day before and as an artist I have an early start of the day because I want to follow a schedule.

In general, during the morning I m working on my projects and in the evening I m preparing the workshop for my ceramic classes.

Which is your favourite piece in your studio and why?

Her name is Morning glory and she’s wearing the leave of happiness. I like the combination between ceramics and metals and there is a harmony which I love .

Souzana Petri © Photograph: Charis Panayiotou

What gives you the most joy?

My biggest joy is while I m opening the kiln. I m always excited to see how my work will come out after so many hours of work. Is like the last step of happiness!

What is the hardest part of creating your work? 

The decision of colour and glazing as it will give a completely different sense and feeling on my artwork

During lockdown, has your work process been affected? If so, how? 

I ‘ve started making black and white designs on my ceramics where in general my work is very colourful. In a way I like the outcome as it can be as interested and unique as a colourful piece

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

That the only rule is that there are no rules

© Souzana Petri
© Souzana Petri