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CREATIVES<br>WE LOVE<i><br>Sofia Leitao</i>
Please introduce yourself

My name is Sofia - I’m from Lisbon, Portugal and recently moved to live & work in Paris. I am ceramicist and also work as a stylist and art director.

What drew you to ceramics?

I’ve always loved to explore all kinds of artistic practices, but three years ago without any pretension or dreams within the field starting making ceramics at a studio in Lisbon. Since then, it’s been great - I’ve started selling my work in a few shops and markets back home. I find working on my ceramics a way to escape the real world - when I’m in contact with clay, my mind becomes completely enveloped by the material and the task at hand.

Please introduce yourself

My name is Sofia - I’m from Lisbon, Portugal and recently moved to live & work in Paris. I am ceramicist and also work as a stylist and art director.

What drew you to ceramics?

I’ve always loved to explore all kinds of artistic practices, but three years ago without any pretension or dreams within the field starting making ceramics at a studio in Lisbon. Since then, it’s been great - I’ve started selling my work in a few shops and markets back home. I find working on my ceramics a way to escape the real world - when I’m in contact with clay, my mind becomes completely enveloped by the material and the task at hand.

How would you describe your designs?

I like organic shapes with rough forms contrasted with delicate and feminine finishes. I love the effect of drawing with pencil on my pieces - combining different styles and approaches together.

Where does your inspiration come from? Do you have a specific source of inspiration?

My references and inspirations mostly come from daily life and also the works of artists - and not necessarily ceramic artists. Sometimes it can be painters, photographers or set designers. I love the work of Lexie Smith Xan Smut, Clarisse Demory and Laila Gohar.

You recently moved from Lisbon to Paris - has this move changed you in anyway?

It’s been 6 months since I moved to Paris and I have to say, I’m very happy here. Parisians are sincere and very honest - they will never try to please you, they tell it to you straight. This approach to life - makes me strive to be closer in my convictions and my thoughts.



Can you give us insight into contemporary ceramicists to take inspiration from?

I take a lot of influence from historic greats like Jean Arp, Henri Matisse and Constantin Brancusi - but in terms of contemporary artists I follow the work of Garance Valee, Argot Studio, Simone Bodmer Turner and many more. For me it’s less about the specific ceramacists and more about their approach, their shapes and forms.

How would you describe your designs?

I like organic shapes with rough forms contrasted with delicate and feminine finishes. I love the effect of drawing with pencil on my pieces - combining different styles and approaches together.

Where does your inspiration come from? Do you have a specific source of inspiration?

My references and inspirations mostly come from daily life and also the works of artists - and not necessarily ceramic artists. Sometimes it can be painters, photographers or set designers. I love the work of Lexie Smith Xan Smut, Clarisse Demory and Laila Gohar.

You recently moved from Lisbon to Paris - has this move changed you in anyway?

It’s been 6 months since I moved to Paris and I have to say, I’m very happy here. Parisians are sincere and very honest - they will never try to please you, they tell it to you straight. This approach to life - makes me strive to be closer in my convictions and my thoughts.



Can you give us insight into contemporary ceramicists to take inspiration from?

I take a lot of influence from historic greats like Jean Arp, Henri Matisse and Constantin Brancusi - but in terms of contemporary artists I follow the work of Garance Valee, Argot Studio, Simone Bodmer Turner and many more. For me it’s less about the specific ceramacists and more about their approach, their shapes and forms.