Sophie makes evocative sculpture in her central Bristol studio. She collaborates with others - mould makers, casters and other artists to realise her designs and commissions.
Her design experience includes making architectural details and props for TV, and for companies in the garden ornament industry, for whom she has made Buddhas, birdbaths, owls and obelisks amongst other things.
Seeking to find her own voice she makes collections of pieces exploring themes including motion and stillness, the body, dance, city life and animals. Sophie has completed commissions for private and corporate clients and her sculpture is available through galleries around the UK, listed on the 'Exhibiting' page.
Sophie has taught art for thirty years. She delivers some short courses with Bristol Drawing School and at New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester. Her experience includes sculpture projects in schools, for galleries and the Probation Service. She was also a creative industry business adviser for four years in Bristol.
Born in West Dorset in the late 1950s, Sophie grew up in Yorkshire and trained at Winchester Art School before moving to London and later returning to the West Country in 1987. She lives in Bristol and is a director of HOURS, a gallery and event space in the city.
Sophie has taught sculpture for 30 years and will be delivering another short course with The Royal West of England Academy in December 2018.
She also runs workshops in schools. A recent commission with St Peter’s School and Brave Bold Drama was to make ‘Avona’ the spirit of the River Avon who graced The Festival of Nature and Bristol Harbour Festival.
Beach Sculpture Day
In the autumn Sophie leads a day of sculpture on the beach at Sand Bay near Weston-Super-Mare. Anyone can come, bring a picnic and spend the day making sculpture with what is on the beach.
As well as more than thirty individual sculptural portraits, Sophie's commissions include Lions for the city of Bath, glow in the dark willow poetry for festivals, one off unique items such as a rubber Beethoven, architectural decoration and hundreds of garden ornaments.
Whilst plans happen anywhere, usually a sculpture is made in the studio. Sculptures are conceived and evolve from many sources including clients ideas.
For Sophie's purely personal practice, most often these days, clay is included somewhere in the process. Standing back to look, leaving things to settle, experimentation, building and destruction are all parts of the making.