Sophie MacCarthy has long made a name for her exuberant and luminously decorated ceramics. She has played a prominent role in the introduction of a more vivid colour palette into British studio pottery. Sophie has gone on to develop an almost trompe-l’oel illusion of depth through her method of painting with stencils, wax resist and paper cut-outs to create imagery that appears to float across the surfaces of her bowls, mugs, dishes and jugs of various shape. She has a poetic insight into the natural world, evoking the colours, forms and movements of the passing seasons, her decoration focussing on beautifully observed drifting or swimming motifs – such as leaves, twigs and fish-life – carried by breeze and water. Sophie studied at Amersham College of Further Education and Art, and at Wimbledon School of Art, and currently works in Stoke Newington, north London.