Based in Surrey, Stephanie established her wheel-throwing skills in the garage of her house in Oklahoma soon after moving from England in 1979. For ten years she made and sold tableware in Oklahoma and later in Norway, returning to England in 1993. Stephanie then developed two lines of decorated tableware and established a studio in the basement of her home in Dorking.
In 2007 Wright embarked on an art training at City Lit in London, graduating in 2011 with a City and Guilds Ceramic Portfolio qualification, an Art Foundation Diploma specialising in sculpture and ceramics, and a 2-year Ceramics Diploma. Together with painter Chris Forsey and sculptor Nikki Taylor, she established Sandstone Studios in Dorking, where she now works and teaches.
Wright’s new sculptural ceramic works on show in New Beginnings: Expression explores new ways of using the potter's wheel to create flowing forms which portray the essence of waves and whirlpools, unfolding spirals and black holes. They are made in various sizes from 3 to 50 centimetres wide. Radiant matt glazes are made with barium and lithium and coloured with copper, vanadium, chromium and pigments, resulting in luminescent textured surfaces, which result in dramatically different shades according to thickness of application determined by the method of spraying on the form. On black clay, these glaze materials have a dramatically different effect, resulting in natural earthy shades breaking on the edges and swirling into the spiral ridges.
2018 Exhibitions include:
Art in Clay, Farnham;
Surrey Artist of the Year Exhibition New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham;
PURE Autumn Art Show, Battle, East Sussex;
Sculptural Ceramics, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives;
Society of Designer Craftsmen Annual Exhibition Chelsea College of Art;
AppArt Spring Show, Priory School, Godalming;
Surrey Artists Open Studios, Sandstone Studios Dorking;
Solo Exhibition, Golden Hare Gallery, Ampthill (2017).
Ceramic Review Masterclass, May/June 2017 and accompanying video, available on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook/Ceramic Review;
Surrey Life Magazine, July 2017, feature article.