Get to know the teachers…

Sophie slip-casting at The Clay Room. Photo by Robbie Bryant

Sophie Southgate

Sophie began working with clay in 2006 at Bromley Adult Education Centre. Sophie went on to study at Cardiff School of Art, graduating in 2014 with a First Class BA Hons in Ceramics. That year she won a full scholarship to study at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in the summer. Sophie 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 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 Snug Gallery, and she 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

Sculptural form by Krista Speakman-Brown

Sculptural form by Krista Speakman-Brown

Krista Speakman-Brown

Krista’s love of all things clay started at a young age, during childhood summer camps as well as at school, where she had the opportunity to start exploring the medium of ceramics. After completing her art foundation course at Wimbledon School of Art in 2005, Krista went on to study ceramics at Loughborough University, graduating in 2008 with a BA(hons) degree. Following graduation, Krista taught ceramics at adult education colleges in both Bromley and Croydon, whilst continuing to create her own work at Maze Hill Pottery in Greenwich. Now at The Clay Room UK, Krista continues exploring texture through her work. Through rolling, stretching, folding, marking, and generally manipulating the clay in various ways, Krista explores the territory between functional and sculptural ceramics - mixing the characteristics of both to create a range of objects highly tactile in quality. Krista teaches general pottery courses and introductory throwing courses.

Cat King

Cat began teaching Art in Schools in 2001 . Predominantly self taught, she developed an interest in clay after searching for an alternative to building sculptures in paper and mixed media. Through working with clay, Cat has developed her sculpting and fine detail skills. Her work combines multiple hand-building methods to create complex forms. She has a particular interest in using illustration and surface design in her work, as well as experimenting with different decorative applications. Cat finds inspiration in literature and poetry, proverbs, nature and pattern. Cat is the studio manager and teaches classes on Saturdays.

Samantha Nixon

Sam began working with clay in 2009 at an evening class in Chipstead. She fell in love with clay instantly and decided to invest in a wheel and kiln to work with at her home. She started exploring different ways of working with clay including coiling and slab-work, but spent most of her time throwing on the wheel. Sam continues to hand-build and slip-cast, but throwing is her main focus and her passion. She makes tableware for the joy the process brings her, the benefits of stress relief and for the enjoyment other people get from using her work in their daily lives. She feels most comfortable using bright and bold colours in her work. Sam teaches throwing classes and workshops, and general pottery classes.