Potter | Sophie Lemaire

Potter | Sophie Lemaire

Sophie and I first met through a family member at a café in Wellington and during that time she was studying at Massey University in Wellington.  A few years later I discovered Sophie was creating her own collection - her pieces have a contemporary aesthetic while still being functional.

She grew up in a pretty spectacular part of the country, down South in Queenstown where her parents ran a pet lodge for the past 20 years. Now 25, she is based in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) as a potter.

Sophie credits her father Roland, a creative, for where she is today. As a child she was regularly encouraged be a part of her father’s art and design processes. Today, she is surrounded by creatives who are also her closest friends. They are all unique and brilliant, with great work ethics. She gains inspiration from her friends who are also following their hearts and are blessing their community with beautiful art.

Her style can be defined as “soft, playful and elegant”. She gets great satisfaction out of perfecting her technique on the wheel with new forms. 

She has a Bachelor Degree in Design (Majoring in Industrial Design) from Massey University, she has also trained under Sue Dasler who is a well established potter based in Nelson.

In 2018 Sophie won ECC NZ Student Crafts design Awards, Tuatara Ceramics Award Winner (Nib Ceramic Bird Feeder) and was a Best Awards NZ 2018 Finalist for the Dota Stool. In 2019 she was again a Finalist for the Best Awards NZ for the Nib Ceramic Bird Feeder.