Sonya qualified from the University of West of England with a BA (Hons) in Ceramics in 1995. Having spent many years creating in different genres of art alongside her career and family, she now works as a professional ceramicist from her studio in Bristol. She exhibits at botanical shows throughout the year and also sells her work in select galleries in the south west.
Sonya combines two of her passions in her artwork – clay and nature. She forages leaves from local arboretums, woodland and her own flourishing garden, using their impression to inform her work. Layers of glaze are used to reflect the colours of the changing seasons and transitionary beauty of leaves. Her collections range from unique porcelain jewellery, hanging planters and bespoke vases, to functional leaf tableware.
Sonya’s ‘Pond Lily Leaf Dessert Dishes’ were used by Executive Head Chef, Niall Keating, in the Great British Menu BBC2 in Spring 2020. She will be exhibiting a wide selection of her work at Engineer’s House during the art trail and is happy to take commissions. If you have favourite leaves you would like transformed into unique ceramic art, bring them with you!