Sophie Southgate

2019 QEST Britford Bridge Trust Scholar - Ceramics

After gaining a first-class BA in Ceramics from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Sophie was one of six artists to win the Future Lights European competition for ceramicists early in their careers. The prize was to exhibit at Ambiente in Frankfurt and a two-week design project at Villeroy & Boch.

Sophie is already establishing a reputation as a sculptural ceramicist for her use of colour, texture and negative space to create optical illusions that explore human-object interaction.  She will continue to experiment with traditional techniques and modern technologies during an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art supported by QEST.

There is a simple joy and healing power to working with clay. By bettering my practice technically and intellectually, I hope to produce socially engaging work that is poignant, meticulously made, and shows ecological awareness.