Photo by Max Seinfeld
Sarah is a ceramic artist specializing in decorative wall tile. Her current work is based in emulating a calming, beautiful moment for viewers.
ABOUT THE WORK
“I return to the water’s edge to feel my mind empty before me, releasing a swell of intentions to drift and find resonance with the tide. Water gives form to energy we cannot see; the wind, the tide or an applied force that grows and reflects. The movement gives the eye something to focus on, while the mind takes a breath.”
Sarah recreates these moments through ceramic wall tile. This reminds her of what we seek in sanctuaries; a quiet space to process and consolidate thoughts, step out of our habitual norm to reflect and find hope. She aims to bring restorative experiences to public spaces, such as hospitals and airports, that accommodate large numbers of people going through immense change, while either in transit or caring for a sick loved one. Sarah believes these institutions can heighten the experience they offer by putting their captive audience at ease with the support of beauty so they may gather hope in life’s changes.
ABOUT HER PROCESS
Sarah begins her work with a vague landscape in mind that’s connected to an emotion or the feeling of being in a certain place. She uses computer aided design to process photographs of water to sculpt and integrate into a pattern. Sarah brings these forms into the studio using computer aided manufacturing processes such as 3D printing or CNC milling. She either presses clay directly onto that form or uses it to make a plaster mold for slip casting, pouring liquid clay into the mold. The work is finished by choosing a glaze that provides the perfect color and movement across the form to convey the emotion she hopes to capture. The repetitive act of creating each tile is soothing as her body finds a rhythm to fall into, much like these visual channels, allowing her to offer a quiet, immense moment to find yourself within.
Sarah received national recognition through an emerging artist award from the National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts in 2019.
She received her MFA at the State University of New York at New Paltz and BFA from Alfred University. She completed a post baccalaureate program at Colorado State University, artist residency at the Flower City Pottery in Rochester and Wellsville Creative Arts Center in Wellsville, NY and an internship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO.
She has worked for KleinReid, Kala Stein Design, ModCraft Tile and the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center.
She exhibits her work nationally, including at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, Radius Gallery in Missoula, MT, the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, the Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, and Pewabic Tile in Detroit, MI. She has worked for KleinReid, Polich Tallix, ModCraft Tile, Kala Stein Design, SUNY New Paltz, and the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center.
She currently works at the Fall Kill Clay Works in Poughkeepsie and in her studio in Fishkill, NY.