We were very sorry to hear of the death of Stephanie Wright recently and send our condolences to her family and friends. Stephanie began her career in ceramics in 1980, as a self-taught tableware potter after moving to the States with her husband. She continued to develop her skills as she and her family moved to Canada and then Norway, returning to England in 1992. She eventually embarked on an art training course at City Lit in London, graduating in 2011 with a Ceramics Diploma, which equipped her with new ways of adapting traditional techniques to share her view of the world through ceramic sculpture.
In the years after this course, she developed a distinctive body of work conveying human movement, dance, attitudes and emotions in the spirit of the 20th Century Futurists, who aimed to capture movement in 2D paintings.
After being told that she had a life-limiting disease 5 years ago, rather than downing tools, she ramped up her work to achieve many of her ambitions as an innovative Ceramic Artist, reflected in the Ceramic Review Masterclass in which she featured (above). She was a true force of nature and had a passion for the artistic community in Surrey, spending several years helping to co-ordinate Surrey Artists Open Studios. A memorial service was held on Friday 17th January, at St Martin’s Church, Dorking
She leaves behind a charitable trust to support up-and-coming Ceramicists, which will be developed by her family in the coming months.