SOfia DE MOSER & HER CERAMICS.
Sofia de Moser Leitão, VASQUIAT innovator and ceramicist is inspiring us all to pursue our own creative projects. She uses handbuilding techniques to create vases, mugs, bowls and even jewellery, all of which you can discover here @sophie.ceramica.
The tale of a Portuguese living in Paris: Sofia de Moser is a stylist and fashion producer but most importantly creator of ceramics. She uses ceramics as a form of therapy and an outlet for creative expression. Currently she is working on a beautiful collection influenced by the Portuguese tradition of ceramics. Her fun and fresh personality matches her creations and sense of style. Sofia tells us about her love of ceramics and everything it’s taught her.
VASQUIAT How were you first introduced to ceramics?
SOFIA DE MOSER I was doing a masters degree in Cultural Management in Lisbon two years ago, but I wanted to express myself creatively and to work with my hands, so I started looking for ceramics studios. I ended up doing a one-year intense ceramics course in AR.CO arts school. After a while, I began receiving messages on IG from people that wanted to buy my pieces and to present them in pop-up stores and other events. There’s a huge tradition of ceramics in Portugal, so we have a lot of ceramics studios, especially in Lisbon with many very talented people doing ceramics.
V Where do you make your pieces?
SM I've been living in Paris for the past year and working in different studios, where I stay for some months. With ceramics, I think you really need to feel comfortable with the space and people with whom you work.
Personally, for me, it needs to be a calm and relaxed atmosphere, where you can share things, but also be in silence for long periods of time.
A selection of Sofia de Moser ceramics.
V Can you talk us through your creative process?
SMEverything is quite new for me and I’m still exploring. The more I explore, the more I realise the infinity of things to discover in ceramics. I normally begin with some drawings, but most of the time I end up not following the drawing at all.
“The more I explore, the more I realise the infinity of things to discover in ceramics.”
V Where do you find your inspiration?
SM Everywhere. From images, I collect to things I see. I’m always collecting images from all art forms, photography, paintings and films. The specific artists I love are Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Henri Matisse, Pierre Boncompain.
Books, exhibitions, Instagram and Pinterest help me a lot too. I collect images and find inspiration. I love the work of Jade Paton, Helle Mardahl, Nanna Stech, Charles Antoine and Lexie Smith Xan Smut too.
V What techniques do you use?
SM I work with stoneware and always hand-building techniques. I never use the wheel because I’m not very comfortable working with it and I prefer to be in control of the shape.
I love to do the coil method, and I’ve recently realized what I like to use the most is the engobes. To finish the pieces, I glaze them with a shiny transparent glaze. I love to mix colours to create my own colours.
V How do you feel while you’re making the pieces?
SM It’s very therapeutic and relaxing. It’s the moment of the day where I’m completely disconnected from everything.
Also, ceramics has taught me to be more detached from things. The process of creating a piece which is not always what you had in mind. Sometimes you finish a piece that you love and then it goes into the kiln and it explodes. You really learn to be patient and to be more detached from things.
One of our favourite creations from Sofia’s collection.
VCan you tell us about a favourite piece you’ve made?
My favorite piece is a blue and white vase with squares. I loved the result of the blue with a shiny glaze. I was reluctant to see the piece but I was so excited when Harling Ross commented on my post asking me if the piece was still available! I ended up selling it to the first person interested, the stylist and art director Lauren Kennedy Malpas.
“Ceramics has taught me to be more detached from things. The process of creating a piece which is not always what you had in mind.”
V Are you working on anything special at the moment?
SM I have plenty of ideas so I’m super excited to return to Paris and start some new pieces!
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