We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophie Ruiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sophie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Pursuing a creative path is how I remain in alignment with my authenticity. Expression, connection, and passion are my key values in the realm of career. I have held jobs that I am immensely thankful for, but I will never forget the unsettling feeling of needing more: more creativity, more freedom, and most importantly, more meaning. Listening to my gentle and wise intuition has brought me immense joy and continuously leads me onto a creative path that resonates with who I am.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Ceramics have always felt so special to me because of their permanence and ability to be timeless. My love for ceramics is deeper than I can express. Clay brings out this primal knowing and nurtures the spirit. On top of being aesthetically beautiful, clay is sustainable and natural. My creative expression is a weaving of the different curiosities I carry: ceramics, horticulture, introspection, and sustainability. These four interests intertwine through the importance of wholehearted connection to my environment. I feel most proud of my eternal effort to tend my relationship with the natural world and create art from it, in hopes to inspire others to do so as well. I would like the world to know that I am not a brand, although social media wants to force us artists to be. I am a human and am creating from the depths of my heart.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ah, I have so many favorite spots in town. Thank you for asking this question so I can happily daydream until the pandemic is over. A wonderful week spent with a friend would look a bit like this: In Leucadia, grabbing lavender pu’er tea and a garden veggie bagel from Coffee Coffee, walking up to Beacon’s (my favorite beach since I was a child) and watching the waves while the sun warms up our bodies. We would stop by Anderson’s La Costa Nursery to check out the rare cacti, and then head over to The Taco Stand to pick up a couple nopales tacos for lunch. The afternoon would consist of plenty of time spent down on Beacon’s beach, swimming, surfing, and playing in the sand. In the evening, we would take the train down to Balboa Park to find the elusive Eucalyptus deglupta (rainbow eucalyptus) or walk through the Botanical Building. We couldn’t leave downtown San Diego without enjoying a delicious bowl from Hachi Ramen. If we were in the mood for a nightcap and some darn good people watching, the Leucadian is a very special watering hole.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my dear sister, Joanna Andrade. She is an incredible artist who is primarily focusing on tattooing. We were both raised the sleepy surf town of Encinitas, California. Joanna has been living in Brazil, connecting to her familial roots and working at a tattoo shop there. Her work is beautiful, full of life, and constantly evolving, just like her as a person. I am so thankful for her deep sense of peace and kindness. Luckily for all of us in Southern California, she is now back in Encinitas and taking on appointments! Connect with her on Instagram @jojo.tattoo

Website: www.sophieruiz.com
Instagram: @sophie__ruiz

Image Credits
Bernardo Faraco, JT Rhoades

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