Welcome! You will find more information about me, my material and exhibitions of my work.
I began making following a life-threatening accident. My recovery was both an internal and external one, integrating the two to reach wholeness. I was introduced to the practice of meditation which continues to be a daily practice of internal observation and stillness. “What is personal to me is also reflected in the wide culture;..the growing sense that contemporary female icons in art can now be accepted” (Sandy Brown). The place of female art and female artists as been firmly planted by figures such as Sandy Brown and yet a global culture pervades where women are now simultaneously ‘at work’ and ‘at home’. There is a preoccupation in my work with the immanence of the feminine and the results, or lessons, of that experience. Each piece of work is a meditation on this emergent experience. Throwing on the Leach Wheel is a deeply physical and repetitive process, which works as a vehicle to express my relationship with the domestic realm. My figurative work emerges through a process of mindful touch and exploration, where the outcome is not known. I believe the ceramics that result to be embodiments of archetypes from my internal narrative, given reach through making. Barbara Hepworth described herself as an “artist in society”, asserting the role of an artist within their community or wider art world. As an educator and speaker it is possible to inspire and share the joy of working with clay. My drive to work in community participation projects and arts for health and wellbeing settings stems from a firm belief in clay and what it can do. Inviting people to experience the freedom and joy of making is very powerful and builds both individual and community wellbeing. I have worked on a range of education projects, from small scale drop-in workshops, opportunities for “make and take” in clay, bespoke making workshops combining meditation and relaxation as well as large scale projects with organisations such as Clayground Collective, who invite the public to engage in activities which are “enjoyable, absorbing and meaningful and from which they can learn”.
About my material:
After exploring numerous different clays over several years, I now work with two types of clay, both firing to stoneware temperatures. This gives both flexibility and a range of expression that feels full of endless possibilities. Community and public engagement often allows for clay to be given centre stage but I delight in finding new materials that work to meet the requirements of space that are essential in public settings.
About my exhibitions:
I am a graduate of Central St Martins School of Art and Design and have exhibited at Pangolin London, at the Red Gallery, the Brick Lane Gallery, the Nude Tin Can Gallery, the London Design Festival, with the Society of Designer Craftsmen and in a solo show in their Shoreditch Gallery.
Sarah has worked on a wide range of educational and socially responsible projects, from small scale drop-in workshops, large scale art installations, corporate wellbeing workshops, bespoke workshops combining drawing, mark-making, meditation and relaxation. Notable clients include The Princess Royal Trust for Family Carers (now Carers UK), Clayground Collective, CoSmopolitan Productions Services Ltd (Immigration consultancy specializing in film and TV productions) and Groundwork East (working with local communities to build their resilience and empower them take charge of their lives, green spaces, and local environments).