Sophie Cook forms delicate porcelain in tears, bottles and pods with swollen bottoms and long, curved necks. Often reminiscent of the colors of the Suffolk countryside around their studio, the elegant vessels have a sleek exterior that’s covered in matte and glossy glazes that range from coral to graphite to sage. The pieces vary in height and width and should be presented in groups as “three-dimensional still life”, she says in an explanation.
Cook’s practice is meticulous and regulated – watch it the short video below to see her at the wheel – and often leads to losses, which she describes:
Every piece is a challenge as porcelain is such a fluid medium on the wheel. I throw four pieces a day that dry for two days and then are carved to refine the shape. After spraying, they will dry for a week. It’s an incredibly delicate process. Rarely, if ever, do all four parts survive the carving and firing process.
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