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Sara Swink (MAP #5)
Featured Artist : Gateway Studio

Messenger of the Underworld
20″ x 12″ x 16″

Chicken House
21″ x 7″ x 9″

Some Days You Got It
21″ x 15″ x 10″

I make ceramic human and animal figures with a psychological stance. Introspective and ambiguous, handmade-looking and approachable—they often have a humorous edge. I like to form fast in a gritty sculpture clay, incise into the clay, bisque fire, finish with oxide washes, underglazes and glazes, then fire to cone 5.
My ideas derive most often from a process methodology that employs simple and accessible techniques like collage and doodling to unleash the unconscious. Then I try to stay out of the way, letting images and ideas flow, sketching and writing, selecting and combining the most resonant imagery to bring into clay. I often get inspiration from what I’m reading, a phrase or concept that may trigger an idea for a piece. One piece often leads to more ideas. In fact, there is a thread of narrative that runs through all my ceramic work. Reflection and writing help me to understand and make sense of the progression.


Media: ceramic, sculpture

Wheelchair Accessible Studio