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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