Sarah has been a ceramic artist for over 20 years and has exhibited throughout Great Britain. Whilst Sarah’s work is still largely based on the vessel form, it has latterly evolved towards the more sculptural, and is often an emotional response to organic and repeat forms in nature. Whilst the work is partly a sensuous celebration of form and texture, Sarah is increasingly interested in the “alien” or the unseen - microscopic or hidden images – and the way we continually interpret and attempt to understand the world through patterns, connections and relationships.
Current work is coiled pinched, carved and embellished handbuilt, one-off sculptural pieces, usually wood-fired in an anagama kiln, although other firing methods are sometimes used – glazed and unglazed stoneware firing in an electric kiln or soda firing in a wood kiln. Sarah uses a variety of Earthstone Scarva stoneware bodies.
Sarah is an experienced workshop leader to people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and in many different settings – community groups, education, adults, special needs. She is a trained trainer, and frequently runs INSET sessions for teachers.
Sarah runs workshops from her studio in Sheffield – with the next one “Slips and Glazes” to take place on 29th/30th November. Email/phone for details.
Work Generally Available from:
Work is due to be shown later in the year at Hornseys, the gallery, 3 Kirkgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1PA.
Work is also available from the studio by appointment or at Open Studios, Friday 21st November (5-30 – 8-30) and Saturday 22nd November (11-00 to 4-00 pm).
Sarah is also associated with "Art of Interaction" where you can see her blog and other information.
My preferred method of firing is in an anagama kiln; however, I am investigating various dry glazes and engobes for use in an electric or gas kiln. Most work is fired to 1240C or above. Past work has been slip-decorated, burnished and fired in a sawdust kiln.
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
Mixed Sculpture, Harlequin Gallery, Greenwich, London, June 2008
Fifiefofum Art Centre and Gallery, Northumberland, May 2008
Eight at The Workstation, The Workstation Paternoster Row, Sheffield Nov 2007
Northern Fire II, OXO Tower, London October 2007
Safe@Last Exhibition, Sandbeck Park, Maltby, Summer 2006
New Work, Joint Exhibition, South Yorkshire Art Gallery, Doncaster, May 2006
Northern Fire, Oxo Tower Gallery, October 2005
Large Scale Ceramics, Solo Exhibition, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, September 2004
New work, Solo Exhibition, The Point, Doncaster, Autumn 2003