About Sarah

I live in a red barn with a woodstove and two cats. My studio is small, precisely the size of three cow stalls. Looking out the studio windows, I see a path to the asparagus patch.

front of barn with catAbout once a month, I throw a batch of pots. Each piece gets swaddled in plastic and stored on a ware rack. Then I pull out my pencil and draw, carve, slip and pattern, pot by pot. The process is slow, demanding concentration, patience, and lots of books on tape. I spend time considering how to make one leaf go behind another, how to balance the flow of image around a pot. I'm drawn to contrasts—an organic form anchored by a geometric pattern, or a circle, in front or behind an image.

My tools are simple—mostly inexpensive relief printmaking tools. I tend to use the angled knives most, moving back and forth between sharp and dull tools, depending on the consistency of the clay. For patterning, I tend to use intaglio tools. I fire in an electric kiln.

Studio rhythm changes with the seasons. Most days, I work in the studio. Year round, I export pots to various shows. Summers, I sell pots at the local farmers' market, and have started taking part in a large August craft fair. Falls are busy with shows. Teaching winds in and around studio work. I usually teach one class at my local crafts center, a few workshops, with an occasional stint as a visiting artist. Winter tends to be slower, with January set aside as a contemplative month.

back of barnThis life suits me. I grew up in New England, and it is where I am most at home. I spent ten years after college pursuing an education in ceramics, moving from Penland School of Crafts to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, to Watershed in Maine, ending with an MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota. After graduate school, I spent three years as a professor. While teaching, I began to imagine a life with my own studio and open schedule. By 2001, I was able to move. In July, my sister and I drove a loaded moving van to Lebanon, New Hampshire. I've been in my red barn since then.