Boats, birds, chickens and tractors are some of the features of my surroundings, which inspire me to work with clay. I find it a challenge to recreate something I am drawn to in real life into a sculpture that captures the associated feeling.
I started to sketch the sailboats and cockle trawlers when I lived in Leigh-On-Sea on the Thames estuary. These ideas then became sculptures in clay as I tried to capture each of their characters. I still enjoy making the tugboats and yachts which are available throughout the UK from selected galleries.
In 2003 when I moved to the rural French countryside my new experiences and lifestyle became the inspiration for my work. I have made simple hand pinched bowls and spoons for the home, quirky pieces for the garden and range of wall mounted chickens. You can see a more diverse selection of work on my website including one off commissioned pieces and recent figurative sculptures.
Work generally available from:
The Bowie Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford
Bluestone Gallery, Devizes, Wiltshire
Higher street Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon
Lantic Gallery, Tiverton, Devon
Montpellier Gallery, Stratford -upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Opus Gallery, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Oriel-y-Felin, Trefin, Pembrokeshire
Paddon Contemporary Art, Eastbourne, Sussex
Ropewalk Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber, Lincolnshire
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
Shakespeare House, Dedham, Essex
Tolquhon Gallery, Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Work can also be commissioned and purchased directly from myself.
Sarah is also diversifying, revisiting her graphics background and will design logos, business cards, letterheads etc and small websites. Contact Sarah if interested.
Clayman special buff and Pottercrafts crank/raku, fired to 1150 deg.C. in an electric kiln. Various coloured slips, glazes and oxides.
1963 - Born in Minneapolis, USA
1982 - Art Foundation, Stockport College of Science and Technology
1986 - BA Hons Degree Graphic Design, Middlesex University
1986-88 - Freelance magazine designer
1988-91 - Senior designer, Just Seventeen, Emap Publishing
1991-93 - Freelance designer with, Radio Times, Homes & Gardens, Options
1993-94 - Art Editor, Marks and Spencer Magazine
1994-95 - Art Director, BBC Good Health
1995-97 - Art Director, BBC Clothes Show Magazine
1997 - St.Martins School of Art, Etching and Life Drawing
1998-99 - City & Guilds, Ceramics and Design in Ceramics
1998 - Set up studio and was selected for first exhibition
2002 - Moved to France and set up new studio
1998 - Leigh Art Trail, Leigh on Sea, Essex
1998 - The Strand Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
1998 - Christmas Exhibition, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend, Essex
1999 - Leigh Art Trail, Leigh on Sea, Essex
1999 - Christmas Exhibition, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend, Essex
2000 - Flair, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2000 - Out of the Water, Gibbs Gallery, Canterbury, Kent
2000 - Fired Earth, Chalk Farm Gallery, Chalk Farm, London
2000 - Nautical But Nice, Pam Schomberg Gallery, Colchester, Essex
2000 - Summer Show, Rye Art Gallery, Rye, East Sussex
2000 - Summer Show, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2000 - Masquerades of Delight, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex
2000 - Christmas Show, Unit 2 Gallery, Docking, Norfolk
2001 - Selected New Artists, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
2001 - From Sea to Shore, Higher Street Gallery, Darmouth, Devon
2007 - Cup and Saucer Exhibition, Where I Fell In Love Gallery, Royal Lemmington Spa
2004 to date - Yearly Christmas exhibition organised by me and including other invited local craft makers