Sophie Delarny Joins Designed and Created
Sophie is a functional potter, thanks to her mum and the Covid Lockdown!
Laura: How did your journey start as a potter?
Like so many I was furloughed during the first COVID lockdown and it wasn’t long before I was going out my mind! That was until my mum mentioned she was getting rid of her old pottery wheel, and would I like it? I had been dying to get stuck into a project so I took her up on the offer, found a small space in a shared studio, and I was soon obsessed! I had never experienced a passion quite like it and simply spent months immersing myself in this new discipline and teaching myself through books and YouTube. Then as a collective studio we decided to take part in an outdoor art trail at the end of the summer in 2020, where I was amazed and delighted that I sold out and was taking on commissions – I couldn’t believe people actually wanted to buy my work! Having that encouragement and validation gave me the kick start to turn this into a proper business, and I have now moved into my own studio space at The Meriton Foundry, Bristol.
L: How would you describe/explain your work/pieces?
S: I specialize in functional homeware, I love the idea that I am bringing some beauty and joy to everyday items, making art you can actually use. I am drawn to a lot of rich, earthy colours and try to consider all aspects when designing my pieces.
L: What's Important to you?
S: It’s important to me to try and invoke an all-round sensory experience when someone sees my work. I want them to want to touch it, pick it up, feel the weight, the texture. Ceramics is such a tactile discipline and I want people to make the most of that.
L: What are you working on at the moment?
S: One of the projects I have been working on for a couple months and am almost finished is a 24-piece dinner set that someone commissioned, I can’t wait to finish glazing it all! I have also been experimenting with some new glazes and various layer combinations and techniques.
L: What or who Influences you?
S: My Mum is a great influence to me, although she is not a potter, her career as a sculptor is very inspiring. I also grew up around a potter named David Fry, as my mum shared a studio with him, and I think sub-consciously his work has had a lot of influence on me, even all these years later.
L: What was the last piece of design, art, craft you bought and why and who for?
S: The last pieces of art I bought were 2 items on the same day at a Christmas market, one was a ceramic plant pot from Naomi Stokes, I just couldn’t resist the deep blue glaze. And a pair of earrings from Jesse Hargraves, both of these being for myself!