New Kids on the Blog

Sophie Moorhouse Morris

by Lisa Marie Corso, Editorial Co-ordinator
Monday 22nd July 2013
If you’re a regular reader of TDF (thankyou!) then our brand new columnist needs no introduction.  Lisa Marie Corso is TDF’s AMAZING editorial assistant, and amongst her many and varied skills is one particular passion – the thrill of the ‘scoop’! Lisa loves nothing more than uncovering a brand new designer, creative person or local business before anyone else seems to know about them. She is relentless in her pursuit of emerging talent for TDF, and so we thought it was about time we gave her a little column of her own. Please make LMC feel very welcome, she’ll pop up here each month with ‘New Kids on the Blog’ – a column dedicated to the freshest local creative talent we can find. – Lucy x

Vessels and jewellery by Melbourne ceramicist Sophie Moorhouse Morris. Photo – Brooke Holm.

Planters and bracelets by Melbourne ceramicist Sophie Moorhouse Morris. Photo – Brooke Holm.

Handpainted planters by Sophie Moorhouse Morris. Photo – Brooke Holm.

Melbourne ceramicist Sophie Moorhouse Morris. Photo – Brooke Holm.

People are always asking me what my job as editorial assistant of The Design Files entails and I answer honestly, telling them that I am pretty much a professional stalker. I have always been obsessed with getting the ‘scoop’, from ousting the murderer in Cluedo too prematurely and ruining games night for everyone, to scouring Instagram at 2.00am looking for potential TDF gold. Basically if your Instagram is not set to private, we have probably met on the internet before.

It was actually in one of these Instagram vortexes (you know, when you give yourself five minutes to catch up on the Insta-goss and end up wasting a few hours of your life on it) when I discovered today’s first NKOTB candidate – Sophie Moorhouse Morris. Sophie is a Melbourne-based ceramist, and upon coming across her work for the first time I found myself instantly in a ‘need / want’ panic, unable to choose which piece I loved most.

Originally from Fremantle, Sophie always had an inkling that she would follow a creative path, and has been in the business of making since childhood. But it was only about seven years ago when she first dabbled in pottery after enrolling in a night class with a friend. Eventually this nighttime hobby grew into something more, and lead Sophie to move to Melbourne to study ceramics at RMIT.

Sophie has just finished up a residency at Harvest Workroom, where she explored and added to her Bakerhouse range of products, a series of ceramic planters, vessels, teacups and jewellery.  I am particularly loving these matte ceramic painted patterned planters in organic forms, where Sophie’s love of illustration and pottery intersect.

We asked Sophie a few questions about herself and her work –

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself – what did you study and what path led you to what you’re doing today?

I’ve always been a maker and knew that making art and craft would be a huge part of my daily life in some form. I’d been making clothes and jewellery since I was a kid, and was really interested in textiles and print. About seven years ago I started joining a friend at her evening pottery classes. I was instantly hooked. I love the immediate response of the material, the mess, the endless texture possibilities, the weight, the feel and the look of clay.

After some time travelling I moved to Melbourne and applied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT in Ceramics. I was also lucky enough to go on exchange to the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam for six months. At both universities I loved being in the studio, learning new possibilities, seeing how others were treating the material and discovering my own style in clay and in other mediums.

After completing my degree in the middle of 2012 I spent some time toying with the idea of releasing a range, but was unsure of how to keep the balance between arts practice and design practice.  I spoke with many friends about how they manage and sustain the two separate, but connected, practices. Everyone had completely different experiences and advice. A few months ago I was at dinner with a friend who made me realise that I’m happiest when I’m in the studio, and that the two practices don’t have to be so separate. Soon after, I decided to get stuck into making for Bakerhouse and luckily had access to the beautiful studios at the Slow Clay Centre to get started. Then the ever supportive and generous Harvest ladies took me on as their artist-in-residence for June/July, so the last month has been packed with making!

How would you describe your design aesthetic and what influences your style of work?

I’m process driven, I find working with my hands for hours meditative. The decisions I come to through the process of making becomes integral to the finished work. Often a small discovery pushes the work in a new direction, this I find exciting. Material is also very important to me, I’m always keen for the material quality of what I am working with to show in the work. I draw inspiration from textiles, drawing and patterns. I’m often referencing my drawings in my ceramics and see a strong link in my two practices.

What’s next for Bakerhouse / what are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to continue making the work I started while at Harvest Workroom, developing some new Bakerhouse products and starting the hunt for happy stockists. I’m also looking forward to working with a friend of mine in creating Bakerhouse’s visual identity and website!

You can follow Sophie’s work on her blog or visit her online shop here.

Sophie at work. Photo – Brooke Holm.

Sophie at work. Photo – Brooke Holm.

by Lisa Marie Corso, Editorial Co-ordinator
Monday 22nd July 2013

25 comments

  • Leah 1 year ago

    Nice find Lisa…from a fellow stalker!

  • Vipoo's 1 year ago

    Lovely work. I want one too.
    Also great wriiting and introduction as well. Go Lisa!

  • Roberta Thomson 1 year ago

    A beautiful find and lovely write up Lisa!

  • The Countryphiles 1 year ago

    Congratulations Lisa! You shine so brightly! You and Lucy are a very inspiring team. x

  • Brendan 1 year ago

    LISA! You are famous! Nice find and nice writing. I’m very proud xoxo

  • The little planters are SO cute!! Want!!!

  • Laura 1 year ago

    Wahoo! Great post & awesome to hear Lisa is making a stamp and uncovering some amazing emerging talent! Xx

  • Dominique 1 year ago

    Go Lisa! Lots of love x

  • chrissie 1 year ago

    Congratulations Lisa. Your talents have been outed.
    Great work.

  • Jen 1 year ago

    Yay for Sophie! Such a good egg.

  • Nice find Lisa! Come and stalk my site anytime. x

  • Lucy 1 year ago

    Yayyyy LISA! So glad your clever head is finally a little more visible here!

    So glad you’re all loving Lisa’s find today, thanks for all the ac comments! Stay tuned for many more NKOTB scoops from Lisa over the coming months! x

  • Corner Story 1 year ago

    Beautiful work from a beautiful Fremantle girl.

  • Lucy Mora 1 year ago

    Hey Lisa, you should check out Mark Douglas Designs. He is a glass blower and makes beautiful hand blown lights…. I just saw his stand at Design Made Trade expo. A true Melbourne talent.
    I’m amazed you guys haven’t noticed him. He also has an awesome house. Worth a look!

  • tess 1 year ago

    Really nice feature Lisa, I have been hoping you would start writing for Design Files a bit more. What a ripper to start with! Sophie’s work is so beautiful, the planters especially make my heart beat a bit faster, beautiful stuff. Really enjoyed this insight into her creative process. x

  • Marina Rolfe 1 year ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Daisy 1 year ago

    Really nicely written lisa! dig it lots

  • David Palmer 1 year ago

    Nice work Sophie, & well written Lisa. Looks like I might have to start an instagram account so Lisa can discover me, or she could just go here, to find a new type of glassblowing studio.
    https://www.facebook.com/david.palmer.73

  • Lisa 1 year ago

    Thank you all SO MUCH for nice comments/feedback regarding the first NKOTB!! I am definitely feeling the love :) lisa xx

  • Joanie H. 1 year ago

    You really did snag a scoop on a good ceramics artist. Good work on being a stalker, I mean editorial assistant.

  • Jane 1 year ago

    we are soooo proud Sophie!
    Jane and the Slow Clay team!

  • Emma 1 year ago

    Soph – your work looks fabulous in these beautiful pics. I will definitely be looking to snag a few of those stunning planters at some point. LMC congrats on your column debut – the sky is the limit my friend.

  • Congratulations Sophie on your success with Harvest and developing such a great range. Your wee pinch pots are very sweet!
    xx

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