Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophie Ruiz.
Sophie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always felt such a deep and strong connection with the earth. Being raised by two parents who believed in nature over television, I was gifted a childhood (and lifetime) of learning about plants, sustainability, and our responsibility as humans to take care of our earth. When I was a child, I constantly played in the mud – creating “mud patties” (yes, I would season them with rosemary from the garden then proceed to eat it). As I continue to grow, I feel the most humbled, challenged, and most aligned with my authentic self when I am working and creating with my hands. Clay is the most primal and pure medium to work with. Cultivating my relationship with clay has allowed me to focus on the beauty of imperfection and the power of creating functional ceramics.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Thank you for asking. For the past three years, I have been focusing on creating functional ceramics. This includes mugs, cups, plates, bowls, vases, etc. The longevity and strength of clay allows me to make a statement about sustainability, mass production, consumerism, and the abuse of plastics. I spend my extra time researching concepts such as sustainability, wabi-sabi, and minimalism. I would hope that my ceramics would inspire others to evaluate their surroundings. Evaluate what is in your internal and external life that is taking up space. Learn how to let go and how to cultivate a beautiful environment.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice for any artist is quite simple. First, take good quality photographs of all of your work. Second, take it slow and do everything with intention and integrity. Don’t feel forced to put your work out into the world if you don’t feel comfortable enough yet. Make art for yourself, not for other people. Authenticity and true passion will always shine through.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have three vessels on view at The Foundry, an art gallery in Carlsbad, CA through May 20th.
My artwork can be found on the following:
I have had the honor of carrying my work through various brick and mortar shops throughout the united states and one in the UK. These can be found on my website.
- Website: www.sophieruiz.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @sophie__ruiz
Portrait by Christopher Morley