A Little Background Information On Your Host...
Sophie Southgate began working with clay in 2006 at Bromley Adult Education Centre. One evening class a week was never enough, so she started taking clay home with her to work with in her spare time, before completing a Foundation Degree at Ravensbourne College.
Sophie graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2014 with a First Class BA Honors in Ceramics. That year she won a full scholarship to study at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in the summer. Sophie then spent a year as a Graduate Resident at Fireworks Clay Studios in Cardiff, refining her studio practice and exhibiting her Landscape//Colour series around the UK.
In 2015 she worked as Ceramic Intern at Tonbridge School, developing her own casting slip recipe and glazes. In December 2015 she was shortlisted for the Confessions of a Design Geek Bursary. Her work has been sold in Darkroom London and Selfridges, The Barbican Shop, Gallery Ten Cardiff and Mission Gallery Swansea, and she now has several more galleries that stock her work.
In the Spring of 2017 Sophie was accepted onto the Crafts Councils Hothouse program, supporting new artists and designers. She won a European ceramics competition to become 2017 FutureLights in Ceramics winner alongside 5 others. Sophie is now a member of the Craft Potters Association and the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery. Read more about Sophie Southgate here.
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