My biography on Squires School’s website reads: “Susanna Righetto is a talented sugar florist and creates flowers that are stylish and feminine with a romantic flair.” That’s very flattering, considering that all I’m trying to do is to express my love for flowers through my work. My love for flowers started during my childhood, and was fuelled initially by my mother, with whom I share this passion. Suffice to say that my gift of choice as a kid were potted plants, not dolls.
I started out as a professional photographer before discovering that I could combine my passions for photography and baking through sugar floristry. It didn’t take me long to become aware of the fact that learning from books gives you a good start, but to learn the secrets of any craft you need to study with a tutor. That realisation led me to study under leading names in sugar floristry. More recently I had the honour to hone my hand-piping skills with Eddie Spence MBE, whose talent as a sugarcrafter-and tutor-is incomparable.
My first experiences at teaching sugarcraft were on my most familiar turf, Italy. I was invited to teach and demonstrate at several editions of the two major sugarcraft-related exhibitions in Italy, The Cake Show and Cake Design Italian Festival. As a tutor, with Squires Kitchen International School, I had the chance to spread my love for sugar flowers teaching at world-renowned events in England and Spain.
You can find pictures and tutorials of my work in Cakes & Sugarcraft, Squires Kitchen’s Bake School and Wedding Cakes–A Design Source (SKMP), as well as several Italian magazines and on my personal blog called: The Sugar Garden. I also had the honour of being invited to star in two episodes of Le Torte di Toni, an Italian TV show hosted by Australian sugarcrafter Toni Brancatisano.
I try to keep my cakes as simple as possible to focus the viewer’s attention to the floral decorations. My little secret? I keep several sprays of sugar flowers in vases around the house, they provide inspiration and I can’t live without my flowers!