Artist Bio

Sarah is a studio potter and California native. She received her BFA in ceramics and sculpture from the California College of the Arts in 1991. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Lark Books’ 500 Vases. She has taught workshops throughout California and presented for the Potters Council. She has also participated in numerous exhibitions including the Potters Council Juried Show at NCECA and the California Clay Competition where she received the Quyle Kilns award for functional work. She works out of her studio in Berkeley, California.

Artist Statement

My work occupies a two-and-a-half dimensional world, inhabiting the transition between my initial line drawing and its round three-dimensional inspiration. The female figure and classical vase shapes inspire silhouettes. Observing plant life and other flora I allow my intuition to guide the composition of each individual piece. Through drawing and painting I indulge my curiosity while engaging in the reverie and pure joy of seeing something unfold.

Combining controlled slab-built forms with vibrant underglaze surface decoration creates tension and visual excitement in my ceramic surfaces. The pieces serve as both container and canvas, exploring the marriage of surface and form.




1991    BFA with Distinction (Individualized Program in Ceramics and Sculpture), California College of Arts and Crafts – Oakland, California.



2016    Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA

2015    Potters Council Juried Show Exhibition at NCECA, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

2014    California Clay Competition, The Artery – Davis, CA

East Bay Open Studios, Pro Arts Gallery – Oakland, CA

2013    Innovations in Contemporary Craft, Richmond Art Center – Richmond, CA

Cups Show, Fourth & Clay Gallery – Berkeley, CA

2011    Sweet, Fourth & Clay Gallery – Berkeley, CA

Vases, Fourth & Clay Gallery – Berkeley, CA

2010    Invitational Cup Show, Fourth & Clay Gallery – Berkeley, CA

1996    Vessels, Artisans Gallery – Mill Valley, CA

1990    Discovery ’90, California Crafts Museum – San Francisco, CA



Hemachadra, Ray. 500 Vases. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2010. p. 162,384,389

Cups. 2000. East Bay Express. May 5th, 2000. p. 93

Trumpet Vase. 1999. Via Magazine. November/December 1999. p. 95

B&W Compote. 1999. San Francisco Chronicle. November 24 1999. p. Home 5

Medium Trumpet Vase. 1999. East Bay Express. December 17 1999. p. 70

Hip Vase. 1998. San Francisco Chronicle. July 4 1998. p. Datebook 7


2016    Slab Building and Underglaze Painting, Berkeley Potters Guild – Berkeley, CA

2014    Underglaze Painting, Cabrillo College – Aptos, CA

2014    Underglaze Painting, Leslie Ceramics – Berkeley, CA

2014    Slab Vases and Underglaze Painting Artist Talk, Richmond Art Center – Richmond, CA

2007    A Fine Line, Potters Council Workshop at The Berkeley Potters Guild – Berkeley, CA