Simon's work primarily stems from direct observation of the subject he is portraying, the stylistic and constructional considerations are secondary to portraying the subject honestly. This is not to say that he strives to make the work realistic in the literal sense, instead he seeks to capture and portray that sense of awareness that is present in all living things.
"I like to think that every one of my sculptures has some of the soul of the animal within it."
The work is constructed in crank clay around an armature. Simon models as fully as possible with his fingers and only uses tools to accentuate certain lines. He loves the immediacy of this technique. When the clay is firm the armature is removed and the piece is hollowed to an even thickness. Once bisque fired the work undergoes several more firings with successive layers of oxides, stains and under glazes to build up the required effects and depth of colour. All sculptures are fired to stoneware temperatures.