Profile

“I love ancient and modern Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics and the work of Lucie Rie, Picasso’s ceramics and modern British sculptors and Land artists such as Henry Moore and Andy Goldsworthy. I like the thought of people using my pieces, for example placing flowers in a vase or eating from a bowl.”

After completing a BA in ceramics, Sonja continued making and exhibiting her work as well as teaching in the community, building many years’ experience. Her interest in Art Therapy led her to studying the subject and gaining practical skills at MA level. She currently works in a school giving Art Expression sessions to young people and teaching mosaic techniques and ceramics to adults, children, including those with special needs.

TRAINING/EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS

Hertfordshire University, Hatfield. Mature student, Art Therapy MA course Postgraduate Diploma  2008-2012

City of Bath College. Foundation in Art Therapy  1999

Trowbridge Technical College. Basic Counseling Skills 1 and 2  1989-1990

Cyncoed College, Cardiff. Postgraduate Art Teacher’s Certificate  1981-1982

Cardiff College of Art, Cardiff. BA Hons Ceramics  1976-1979

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Experienced Pottery teacher who enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities

Llanover Hall  Arts Centre, Cardiff. Pottery Tutor and Technician. Taught Pottery on Summer and Easter courses. Helped run Raku workshops  1981-84

National Children’s Home, Penarth, Cardiff. Teaching assistant, taking small groups for Pottery  1985-86

Cardiff City Farm, Cardiff, Pottery teacher/technician. Organised and taught Pottery classes for children, adults and those with special needs. Exhibited own Ceramic work  1988-91

Red Gables, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, NHS adult mental health centre. Pottery teacher  1995-2010

Family Action Mill Race centre, Calne, Wiltshire. Teaching Pottery/Craftwork to adults with learning disabilities  1997-2004

Workers Educational Association. Pottery teacher for adult evening classes, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire  2005-2008

Art therapy placement, Art Expression sessions, St Laurence school, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire 2010-2012

Art therapy Assistant, group and individual sessions of Art, St Laurence school, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire  2012-present

Silk Mill, Frome, Somerset, teaching Pottery workshop  2014

Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield, Nr Trowbridge, Wiltshire, teaching Pottery workshop  2015

Various workshops, play schemes and after school clubs, Pottery/Art teacher