Jars of Clay
Sonja Guenther is best known for her quirky and colourful, slab-built ceramic houses, exploring the mood and character of the architectural environment surrounding us. She tries to capture human qualities in her buildings and give them life, character and personality through movement and distortion. Some pieces are caricatures of actual buildings, easily identified, others are fictional; some are based on a certain style, place or time, while her recent work is more abstract; exploring pattern, colour and texture and the interplay between pieces.
Over the past two years, she has returned to more wheel-based work, developing a range of stoneware vessels, using various clays based on textures, colours and patterns inspired by nature.
All work is produced using stoneware clays with various types of surface treatments, oxidation fired to 1260 degrees.
About Jars of Clay
Sonja is a potter/ceramic artist based in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. She studied ceramic design at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and attended the DCCI Pottery Skills training course in Thomastown, graduating with distinction in 2000, being awarded student of the year. After a short stint working for another potter, she began to teach people with special needs in Camphill and the IWA (Irish Wheelchair Association), while creating her own work part-time. She gave up teaching in 2017 and, after a break of a year, returned to making, full time, setting up her own studio under the trading name Jars of Clay Ceramics in 2018.
Sonja is best known for her quirky and colourful, slab-built ceramic houses. Over the past two years, she has returned to more wheel-based work, developing a range of stoneware vessels, using various clays, which are based on textures, colours and patterns inspired by nature.