Studio emma sophia is a ceramics atelier that produces functional pottery. All cups, bowls and plates are created by designer Emma from beginning to end. We visited Emma in her Breda based, old prison building-turned-studio to discuss her designs, inspiration and trends.
Hi Emma. You studied Fine Art at Willem de Kooning in Rotterdam.
How did this background influence your view on ceramics?
At the academy, I was trained to approach my designs from a philosophical point of view. Often, I had to back-up my decisions with research to prove relevance. Today, I am very happy to work more autonomous and to base my decisions on my own style and functionality.
Contrary, I am trained to think about design in relation to the world and I have questioned what my role in this industry is for a long time. It did not seem right to add more products to a world already full of stuff.
Did you find an answer to these questions?
I now believe that I am a good alternative option for people looking to buy more sustainably. You are always welcome to visit my atelier and see how I make everything myself and how much work goes into one item. This way of working also changed my own perspective on buying behavior. I love nice products and I am not ashamed of this. However, I now think twice before I buy something and I put durability at the top of my priority list.