About The Artist
Sara was born in the ex-mining town of Worksop in North Nottinghamshire. There, the colourful and rolling arable landscape was later to have a huge impact on her artistic development.
She studied Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton in 1993 before qualifying as a teacher in 1997. Sara then retrained in Ceramics on a Masters programme at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2003.
In 2004 Sara began her career as a ceramic artist, exhibiting initially in Verve at Ruthin, The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale in Korea and Chelsea Crafts Fair in 2005. She received a bursary from UWIC in 2006 to undertake a PhD to examine the spatial effects of colour on the three-dimensional conical form. Her theoretical concerns related to colour theory, and her field studies were undertaken at the Black Mountains in South Wales. Throughout her doctoral study Sara continued to exhibit her work and won first prize in the ‘Vessel Form Décor’ category of the Westerwald Ceramics for Europe Competition in 2009.
Following the completion of her PhD in 2010, Sara exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in 2012 and Leslie Ferrin’s Ceramic Top 40 at Red Star Studios, Kansas City in 2013.
With her Creative Wales Award Sara intends to develop the scale of her work. This will involve implementing and practicing skills, learnt previously through an Arts Council of Wales training grant, to create larger thrown works and multiple smaller mould-made works. With both techniques she will explore different clay bodies and slips.
Sara will use the time to re-focus the source material for her practice. She will undertake fieldwork at the coastal site of St. Ives, Cornwall and various sites along the South Wales coastline. Recordings and experiences gained through these visits will be the starting point for explorations with colour and glaze on the ceramic surface. Using new large-scale and small-scale making techniques, with new surface colour involving matt and shine together, Sara will create site-specific artworks relating to coastal sites that she has visited.
She will also examine the potential for brilliant, almost luminous colour on the ceramic surface. Such colour has not been achieved through glaze chemistry, thus she intends to examine and expand the colour spectrum in ceramics through the relativity of colour and colour perception.
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