Sonje Hibbert is a ceramics artist, painter and sculptor who works from her studio/gallery, Werxzovart, on the Main Street at Haworth.
Now resident in the Bradford district, Sonje has travelled extensively over the years and this has contributed to and shaped her creative ideas and output. She has said of this:
Rocky and dramatic landscapes never fail to inspire – in particular places like Hampi in South India, which has been a regular pilgrimage since the late 1980′s, and the wild moorland vistas of Dartmoor and West Yorkshire.
Sonje was born in Glasgow, 1964, and spent her childhood in Malawi, Hong Kong, and later travelling across South East Asia and the Middle East. In adulthood, in the early 1990’s, her global travels continued, including to Africa, and she lived until recently in the South West of England.
However, she has family roots and early formative links with the Bradford district. A great-great uncle, Henry Hibbert, was a Bradford film-making pioneer in the early years of the twentieth century, and Sonje studied in 1983 on the Foundation Art programme at Bradford School of Art, which launched her subsequent advanced art studies.
After returning from her travels, Sonje continued her art studies at the University of West England, at Bristol, gaining in 2002 a first class honours degree in Ceramics. She then continued onto a Masters Degree (MA) in Ceramics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, gaining a Distinction in 2003. She later gained a post graduate teaching qualification (Further Education), in 2007, from Cornwall College.
She lived in the South-West of England, combining part-time teaching with her own art work. In 2013, Sonje fulfilled a long-held ambition to open a studio, gallery, and teaching centre in this area. In addition to her own art work, she offers ceramics teaching from her Haworth studio and gallery and life drawing classes at other community venues around the Haworth area.
Sonje’s work has been widely exhibited across the UK, including at the British Trade Craft Fair, Harrogate; South West Contemporary Art Fair; Cambridge Contemporary Arts; and the Affordable Art Fair in London. It is currently sold from her Haworth studio, and at other galleries, including locally at the Art Parade Gallery, Saltaire (see image, above).
She has gained awards, including the prize for ‘Planted Form’ at the 2004 ‘Potfest’, in Penrith, and in the same year, 3rd prize in the Ceramic Open at the South Hill Park Art Centre Bracknell. Her work has also been featured in a range of publications, including World of Interiors, Devon Life, Ceramics Review, and Craftsman Magazine.
See also ‘My Art’ by Sonje Hibbert at My Art