We hosted the unveiling of Sonya’s Sonoran Vessels Exhibition on the weekend of 5/6 August 2017 at Engineer’s House, Clifton Promenade, Bristol.
“I’m thrilled that so many of my Sonoran Vessels have found happy homes – selling 16 vases out of the 21 piece collection, and also taking commissions, such a great result! It’s so satisfying to share my inspiration with people and then know where the ceramics I have attentively created will now live. The exhibition exceeded my expectations. Thank you for making my Sonoran unveiling so successful”
Sonya, August 2017
Each vessel in Sonya’s Sonoran collection is made with a variety of earthenware clays using throwing, coiling, slab building and blending techniques. Sonya enjoys using texture to describe the convoluted forms of the cacti both when in flower and when dormant. The vessels are fired 3 times in a kiln allowing different layers of oxides and glazes to mature. Platinum lustre is applied to each rim allowing light to enhance the chiseled horizon of each piece . Each vessel is christened with an ‘Apache’ tribal name, honouring the Native American sacred ground where these inspirational cacti flourish.
On leaving school Sonya was awarded the John James Art award and later gained her BA Hons Degree in Ceramics at the University of the West of England in 1995. She grew to be inspired by contrasting styles in Pottery such as the simplistic beauty found in work by Luci Rie versus more rugged and spontaneous hand building by Ewen Henderson. These influences still drive her style to this day.
Since graduating, Sonya has immersed herself in different aspects of creativity over the years, from muralist to abstract painter; Along side this, she has been the Ceramics Specialist at Clifton High School. This role re-kindled her love of ceramics and in 2013 she also started working from her home studio in Westbury-on-Trym as a professional potter.
Sonya is a member of the Crafts Council and sells her unique ceramic jewellery in galleries across the South West including Westonbirt Arboretum, Hidden Gallery in Clifton, and A2 Gallery in Wells. She also enjoys using her travels as inspiration for new collections of sculptural ceramics. A trip in 2016 inspired her to form this new collection of vessels based on the Sonoran Cactus in Arizona. These vessels echo the statuesque and raw beauty of these unique cacti scattered across the desert landscape. Intrigued by their connection with the environment and each other, Sonya couldn’t resist using them as inspiration for a new collection.
Sonya welcomes commissions and hopes you enjoy her collection.