Menu
 
Home | News | Upland bursary for Langholm ceramicist
 
Arts and Entertainment | 13th February 2020
 

Upland bursary for Langholm ceramicist

 
 
 

Organisation will provide programme of mentoring and support

EMERGING ceramic artist Sophie Jarzyna has been awarded a bursary from arts and crafts organisation Upland through its Emerge project.
This is a nine-month programme of mentoring and a bursary for emerging artists and makers who are connected to Dumfries and Galloway.
Upland is a bold, ambitious, rural-based visual art and craft development organisation based in Dumfries and Galloway.
It supports and promotes visual artists, designers and makers by developing mutually-supportive partnerships and engaging with diverse communities and audiences.
Sophie applied for the bursary with the support of Langholm-based arts organisation OutPost Arts where she has been working with Lucy MacLeod, creative director.
Her mentors are ceramics and pot maker Clare Dawdry and ceramics artist Christopher
Taylor. The mentorship will
enable Sophie to create more work.
The bursary will create a way forward for emerging artists to showcase their work and access the open studios event, Spring Fling, as well as connecting with the creative network in Dumfries and Galloway.
Sophie, 31, attended Langholm Academy and at 17 did the art and design foundation course in Carlisle, something which has served as a foundation during her career.
She said: “It encourages creative thinking, problem-solving and different ways to develop and communicate ideas.”
Sophie previously worked for EWM as a merchandise allocator and visual merchandiser.
She went on to study business management and entrepreneurship, achieving a first-class
degree with a focus on small firms.
She moved to London to work directly with founders of start-up businesses.
Creative
She said: “I was involved in all business activities from finance and operations to marketing and PR but always found myself leaning towards the more creative activities.
“I had one go on the potter’s wheel in 2017 and it sparked something. I felt very calm and it seemed to flow very naturally for me.
“I started taking a very keen interest in contemporary pottery and reading up on all the different techniques.
“After five years in busy
London, I returned home to reboot and explore my creative side.
Since January 2019, I have spent all my spare time – when I’m not selling ice cream – to teach myself how to throw on the wheel, make ceramic glazes and fire pots.
“I have been very fortunate to get involved with the forward-thinking, creative OutPost Arts who signposted the opportunity to apply for the emerging artist bursary offered by Upland.
“With Lucy’s support, I was successful in my application. I’ll be exhibiting at Spring Fling 2020, alongside fine artist stepfather Michael Batey.”
Sophie makes wheel-thrown stoneware pieces, both decorative and functional. The decoration is inspired by mid-century textiles and product design as well as my love for 1960s and 1970s music, fashion and print.
“I enjoy making something with my hands, it’s tangible; I hate being at a desk or com-
puter.
“It’s therapeutic but comes with many challenges, which I thrive on, and there are infinite opportunities to learn.
“The practice has been around for millennia and is organic. It can take weeks to make one pot; there are many stages in the making process.”
Follow Sophie on Instagram sophiejarceramics

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Over 80s welcome call to receive vaccination

The most elderly in Langholm will be vaccinated from next…

 

A danner for Doddie

DODDIE Weir’s story has touched the rugby world. He played…

 

EWM is sold but not all jobs will be saved

CRITICISM has been levelled at the way Tuesday’s sale of…

 

Kerry’s passion for town lands her the dream job

THE Langholm Alliance has announced the appointment of its project…

 

A Kiwi Christmas

Langholm lass sends positive vibes from a land down under

 

More infectious virus forces new lockdown

Measures close schools and businesses as vaccine is rolled out

 

Better early warning system to be devised

Newcastleton villagers are urged to protect their own houses

 

Ploughing halted after breach of conditions

Forestry watchdog steps in to investigate the loss of deep…

 

From King Herod to the Grinch ....

A Christmas message from Rev Morag Crossan

 

Have yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas now

It’s a Level Four lockdown from Saturday

 

Reindeer are flying

ALAN Miller’s new tartan reindeer are flying off the shelves…

 

Lucy speaks for the arts on cultural body

Langholm creative joins DG Unlimited to help support recovery

 

Kevin moves to new post

But he will keep an eye on moor

 

New looms help secure Langholm mill’s future

Drove Weavers expands its capability to meet greater demand

 

Camera plan will combat the lack of police presence

Copshaw’s rural isolation adds to concerns

 

Wetter winters and more hot summers

Met Office says emissions must be cut to avoid extreme…

 

Council refuses to endorse sports centre proposals

Flood plain causes yet more planning problems

 

Amazing ceremony for wildlife watchers

Shortlisted Newcastleton group is celebrated at awards night

 

2020 Magic Lantern Show

ONE of Langholm’s theatre companies is determined to do its…

 

Langholm store marks 20 years of shopping

Co-op staff look forward to 2021 and arrival of a…

 

Vaccination roll-out is imminent: NHS chief

Immunisation of high-priority groups will start next week

 

NHS seeks input on plan

Health and social care and support are at centre of…

 

Happy 400th birthday as town marks charter

Alliance invites groups to host events in run-up to main…

 

200m high turbines for two Eskdale sites

Developer pledges £900,000 a year for nearby communities

 

Pupils’ designs are a reminder of the past

Langholm’s textile history inspires bold and striking creations

 

Non-essential trips to England are banned

First Minister announces tougher restrictions to beat the virus

 

Riverbank erosion puts A7 in danger

Residents voice their fears as three metres of banking disappear

 

Tune into Open Country broadcast

TWO historic community land buyouts have been agreed in Eskdale…

 

Cannabis oil producer given substantial grant

Langholm business to create more than 50 jobs in the…

 

EWM collapses with 750 jobs lost

About 40 staff are made redundant as administrators take over

 

Village could be the gateway to new park

Newcastleton would sit in a unique position as an attraction

 

40 jobs lost in Langholm as EWM collapses

SEVEN hundred and fifty jobs at Edinburgh Woollen Mill have…

 

EWM PLACED INTO ADMINISTRATION

Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Ponden Home have been placed into…

 

Roadmap to success is in everyone’s hands

Langholm Alliance manager says he is here to get things…

 

Historic deal to buy moor agreed

Duke will sell 5,200 acres to community for a nature…

 

Scotland’s orchestra, digitally

THE Royal Scottish National Orchestra is bringing audiences its first…

 

Community buys Langholm Moor

SOUTHERN Scotland’s largest community buyout is set to go ahead…

 

Day earns extension to save retail empire

High Court grants EWM Group two more weeks to save…

 

Flu vaccine campaign for over 65s is on target

Eligible patients will receive a letter soon for an appointment

 

Great new plans for old favourite

Owners have fresh outlook for Langholm’s Crown Hotel

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.