Making The Work...
Sophie started with just the original bottle shape in a range of matt turquoises. Since then, a full spectrum of colours and finishes have been developed as well as the emergence of the teardrop and pod shapes.
Every piece is a challenge to make as porcelain is such a fluid medium on the wheel. I throw four pieces a day, which are left to dry for two days and are then carved to refine the shape. After drying for a week, they are bisque fired to 1050.c. The glaze is then sprayed on and they are fired to 1260.c. it is an incredibly delicate process rarely, if ever, do all four pieces survive the carving and firing processes.
The bottles, pods and teardrops are about colour and form. They work well individually and in groups. my ideal is for them to be seen as a 3-dimensional still life that, when viewed from different angles, create new relationships between the pieces. Even differing light can subtly change their appearance and sometimes create luminosity around their silhouette, emphasising the slight translucency of the porcelain.
Sophie Cook graduated in 1997 from Camberwell School of Arts and her work can now be found in some of the most beautiful residencies worldwide.
It is featured in permanent museum collections including the Geffrye Museum, London, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and and the Manchester City Galleries and was included in the touring exhibition 'European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century'. Is also featured in permanent collections of the Geoffrye Museum, London and the Manchester City Galleries.
Currently throwing porcelain bottles and pods on the wheel, her vibrant glazes embody subtle, sculptural shapes to create fluid, ethereal forms.. Georgio Armani and Elton John are among some of the ‘a-list’ who are known to own her pieces.
Sophie's studio is by the sea in Suffolk, where she lives with her partner and three young boys.
Originally inspiration came from an urge to react against much of the traditional ceramic pieces I had seen, whose glazes seemed dark and murky. I wanted to create pieces where colour embodied the pot, rather than being surface decoration. Essence of form and simplicity are now the main factors.