Having started her career in London working in textiles, Sophie Howard-Jones was lured to the world of media, working for broadcasters such as MTV Networks and Channel 4. A trip to the pottery village of Mashiko in Japan inspired her to start working with her hands again – this time in ceramics.

Sophie fell in love with rustic hand building techniques in Japan and was drawn to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, the art of finding beauty in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. She found this a refreshing antidote to the crazy world of media and has been exploring them ever since. She is currently obsessed by the art of Kokedama – a chance to combine her love of gardening with her pottery.

She sometimes sells her work at events such as Green Rooms market and plans to open her doors at the Bussey Building open evenings with fellow residents Katrina, an abstract artist and Kate, an illustrator.