Dragonfly Mugs By Sydney Roper
Porcelain/stoneware. Choose from either purple and red clay or drip green.
Sydney Roper is a self described maker, feeling a compulsion to create for as long as she can remember. Art was a passion that was encouraged by her family.
Sydney recalls finding local clay while living in the West Indies and talking with local potters while she was still under the age of ten. As a small child she attempted to use a small record player as a pottery wheel.
Sydney took her first ceramics course twenty-six years ago and has not looked back. Her early work in clay was primarily hand building (slab, coil, pinch) non functional pieces. Working with clay felt second nature, fluid, and an organic experience of expression.
Sydney makes her home in Labelle, Florida. She is a wife of a fire fighter, and mother to six children. Her aim is that her work is representative of the the conflict of the natural and inorganic, the playful and stern, the dichotomy that is present in everyday life. Working in her home studio, she continues to paint and create daily.
Presently she works on both functional and nonfunctional work but would not consider herself a “production potter” in the traditional sense. Sydney works in a variety of media; fiber arts, oils, printmaking, and watercolor. Her passion has always been clay. While some functional pieces may be repeated, they are never identical, there is a simple beauty in the handmade that she does not want her work to be void of the human touch that created it.
Her work now explores wheel thrown pieces, slab, coil, pinch, altered-wheel thrown, and sculptural pieces that range from rustic organic beauty of form to a whimsical play. She was featured as the January 2019 Artist of the Month at the Baron Park House Gallery in Labelle, Fl.