We found Sophie Moran while interviewing other creatives in Brunswick , it was lovely to meet her in person and chat about her work and her amazing pieces.
Words: Manuela Millan
PHOTOGRPAHY BY: Caitlin mills
MM: What's the story behind Sophie Moran ceramics?
SM: For a frightening large percentage of my adult life I have been sitting behind a potter’s wheel creating high fired, functional tableware in a variety of studios scattered around the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.
MM: What's your design process like?
SM: Making inspires my making. I find inspiration in the materials themselves and the endless possibilities that clay and glaze provide. There is always a list of things a mile long that I would like to find the time to try. It’s like the opposite of a creative block, a creative torrent that I can’t turn off. It can be a little exhausting!
MM: Can you tell us a bit more about the pieces you create
SM: In a nutshell… I aim to create objects that are comfortable, functional, domestic items that become part of family life and possess qualities that engage the user, encourage contemplation and potentially add value and meaning to daily rituals and existence.
MM: How important is social media for your business?
SM: Instagram specifically has changed the way I do business over the last few years. It is where retailers and customers find me but it has also connected me with a global community of potters who share knowledge and constantly inspire and challenge my practise. It’s a great way to document the development of work and showcase pieces in a context of your own making.
MM: What do you do to relax?
SM: Sleep, eat, drink, read, chat, bathe and generally remain as motionless as possible.
MM: Where do you get the best coffee in Melbourne? And where do you get the best meal?( could be brunch, lunch or dinner)
SM: My current coffee favourite is El Mirage on Lygon St. Their coffee is awesome and they are always so lovely and enthusiastic when I bring along my own cup.
For a classy yet affordable meal with friends I like Ichi Ni Na Na , for a cosy, comfortable pub-grub type meal with family I like The Fox Hotel and when I feel a little shabby on the weekend I turn to cheesy chips at The Gem.
MM: What are your plans for the future?
SM: I am currently spending some time on this question, weighing up the pros and cons of different approaches to selling and placing my work. I have many ideas that need fine tuning but my main plan is to continue to make, develop and learn.