Sarah has been a ceramic artist for over 20 years, exhibiting across Britain and in Europe. Current work explores the expressive qualities of clay through loosely vessel based and/or abstract form to create ambiguous and sensuous organic sculpture. Whilst inviting to the touch the pieces can also be somewhat unsettling in their visceral resonances.
Studio Eleven : 3@11 - ceramics from Sarah Villeneau and Adele Howitt
May 02, 2015 to June 14, 2015
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2015 at Rufford
June 26, 2015 to June 28, 2015
Guildhall, The, Cambridge : Innovations In Ceramic Art
October 10, 2015 to October 11, 2015
Current work is handbuilt using a variety of techniques - slab-building, press-moulding, pinching and modelling. The work is glazed using a variety of stoneware glazes and engobes including textured, volcanic and crawling effects, and is increasingly combined with mixed media.
Sarah supplements her practice with community commissions and collaborations and is currently working on a large scale Creative People and Places project in Doncaster - Unpacking a Potted History - www.rightupourstreet.org.uk.
Sarah's work can be seen at:
- Earth and Fire 2015
- Studio Eleven in Hull from 2nd May to 14th June 2015 - 3@11 www.studioeleven.co.uk
Further details to follow.
Sarah fires to stoneware using a variety of Earthstone Scarva clays, and also incorporates the occasional porcelain, bone china and parian slip. Pieces often undergo multiple firings, and are both electric and gas-fired.
Sarah is increasingly using mixed media in her work - combining nuts, bolts, nails, element wire, pre-fired ceramics and bones. Glazes are reactive, textured, crawling, reticulated and volcanic.
Sarah has been involved in Community Arts, Arts in Education and currently works with Creative Partnerships in an advisory/mentoring role. She is a trained Action Learning Facilitator and uses clay as a consultation tool as well as a medium to develop creative approaches. She has recently been a consultant to the Arts Council, and is a trained mentor with coaching skills.
Sarah is currently the chair of the Rufford Wood-firing Society
Ceramics in the City, selected, September 2014
Earth and Fire (student stand/NPA) selected, June 2012/13/14
The Discerning Eye, The Mall Gallery, London, selected exhibition, November 2013
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, selected exhibition, Christmas 2013
Studio Eleven, Northern Potters Association selected Exhibition, October 2012
Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, PW10, selected exhibition, November 2011
Sadirac Ceramics Festival, Bergerac, France, June 2010
Northern Potters, Thoresby Gallery, Thoresby, July 2010
Earth and Fire, NPA, Rufford, selected, June 2010
Studio Pottery Exhibition, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, Autumn 2009
Sculpture Exhibition, Harlequin Gallery, Greenwich, London, selected, June 2008
“Eight”, Collaborative Exhibition, The Workstation, Sheffield, 2006