About Sarah

About Sarah

St Ives’ potter Sarah Dunstan has achieved international acclaim for her unique, slab built work and in 2012 was elected Fellow of the Craft Potters Association in recognition of her contribution to contemporary ceramics. On completing a degree in ceramics at Cardiff, Sarah returned to her native Cornwall to establish her first pottery in 1993 and has been a professional potter ever since. In 2002 she moved to the Gaolyard Studios, founded by Leach potter John Bedding to offer established potters individual studio spaces within a vibrant creative hub. Here she produces her distinctive, highly decorative ceramics, instantly recognisable for their rich velvety colours and intricate, hand cut porcelain overlays.

Sarah's work can be seen at the following galleries: St Ives Ceramics; The Leach Pottery; Cornwall Contemporary; The Summerhouse Gallery; Cornwall Crafts Association; The Stratford Gallery; Contemporary Ceramics; and Newlyn Art Gallery.

"I knew from the very start of my ceramics career that my studio would be in St Ives. I love the creative mix of artists, potters and writers that continues to thrive in the town – especially since the re-opening of the Leach Pottery.

"In my work I explore ideas around the half-forgotten memories and images that persist from childhood – perhaps a vintage wallpaper, the stylised narrative of my Mother’s Willow Pattern plates, or the familiar shape of an opened sardine tin. My aim is to bring these elements together in a finished piece to combine a gentle nostalgia with the absolute, archival permanence of the ceramic medium."

Portfolio

I love the idea that, as a potter, I can capture half-remembered images, ideas and fleeting moments in a form which, once fired, can last for ever.
Box
Box
dia.18cm
Plate
Plate
dia. 28cm
Bowl
Bowl
dia. 20cm
Vessel
Vessel
Cup
Cup
Cup
Cup
Plate
Plate
dia. 48cm
Platter & jug
Platter & jug
Jug h. 33cm

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