Sara was first drawn to porcelain in 2013 when completing her degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Seeing beauty in the fragility and delicacy of the material whilst utilising its strength. Sara has used both these elements when developing her signature style.
Using slip she paints to create her wafer thin pieces of ceramic. Then using repetition she creates pieces constructed of these individual units that build up to form sculptures and wall based installations. Eliciting curiosity her work uses general notions of what ceramics is and its possibilities. Sara captures wonder and amazement for the viewer.
Sara describes her mentality while working as a meditative state, allowing her hands to work intuitively.
For Sara the firing itself is an important tool within her process. Porcelain is a high firing material and will reach a temperature of 1260 degrees celsius within the kiln. These high temperatures cause the porcelain to begin to move and shift. Sara then uses this movement to manipulate her designs and add a finishing touch to her free standing pieces. These unique sculptures capture a moment in time from the firing, immortalising the piece. Sara uses this balance of design and chance to capture freedom and individuality in her sculptures.
Her work has been shown internationally including the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where her piece Swell enjoyed a highly successful run. Sara frequently exhibits in London having shown at Collect, held at the Saatchi Gallery in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and at the London Art Fair in 2019.
Context Miami, Cube Gallery, Miami, December 2019
Art, Form and Function, London, Joanna Bird, November 2019
Affordable Art Fair, Cube Gallery, New York, September 2019
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, February 2019
London Art Fair, London, January, 2019
Affordable Art Fair NY, New York, USA, March, 2018
Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium, March 2018
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, February 2018
Introducing New Artists, Cube Gallery, London, January 2018
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, June to August 2017
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, February 2017
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, London, November 2016
Decorex International 2016, Joanna Bird, London, September 2016
Pavilion Open, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Cardiff, June 2016
The New York Ceramics and Glass Fair with Joanna Bird, NY, USA, January 2016
Merchants and Makers, Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, London, December 2015
Pavilion Open, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Cardiff, May 2015
Inspired by Soane, I found this and thought of you.., Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, May 2015
Heat and Dust, Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, London, November 2014
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, June to August 2014
Art in Clay, Hatfield, July 2013
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, June 2013
What We’ve Made, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, June 2013
Viewing Screens, image displayed, Saatchi Gallery, London, May 2013