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Sonya Ceramic Art
My love of ceramics started at a young age as I was fortunate that my school had good facilities for this then specialist craft. I continued to study ceramics at Bristol University under the guidance of an acclaimed trio of tutors; Walter Keeler, Mo Jupp and Nick Homoky, qualifying in 1995 with my BA (Hons).
Since then I have immersed myself in many artistic endeavours as I find inspiration in all art forms and creativity, enjoying diversity and the challenge of learning new techniques. From muralist for local Bristol schools; Enamel painting infra-red heating panels; Painting salsa dancers; and in more recent years as my role as Ceramics Specialist at Clifton High School. Alongside this role I returned to my roots and opened my studio in Bristol where I now create Ceramic Jewellery, Table Ware and Vessels inspired by nature. I sell my work at Westonbirt Arboretum, A2 Gallery in Wells, Hidden Gallery in Clifton, Steak of the Art in Bristol Harbourside and Satori Gallery.
It’s taken me a while to explore my artistic self, but I have come to realise that clay ‘brings me home’. It’s substance and organic nature allows me to relax and tune into my authentic self, unhindered by society in the privacy of my home studio. Pablo Picasso said “Art washes away from the Soul, the dust of every day life” and for me this is so true! Clay is such a wonderfully accommodating medium, it allows us to mould our thoughts and feelings into what can inevitable become a tactile object that will stand the test of time. I thrive on connection with nature so it has been a natural progression that my work is inspired by all Flora found both locally and on my travels.