Ceramics Designer Maker

Sarah Holder Ceramics


Sarah Holder 

Originally trained in Textile Design and spending some time as a Theatre Props Assistant, I moved to New Zealand. I got a job in Nelson, working in a pottery making slip cast planters and after several years making wigs, I studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Otago Polytechnic, majoring in Ceramics. I returned to the UK and started making decorative trees, bowls and vases inspired by the rural landscape around where I live. I use plant material impressed into the clay to decorate white earthenware paperclay and white stoneware. I then glaze to the emphasize the decorative surface of the clay.


Ceramics for me, is a constant wrestle with my hopes and reality. There are so many variables in the process I try to think of everything that comes out of the kiln as a success. Despite experience and efforts to minimise any undesired outcomes you just never know what you're going to get... and that makes it interesting.  It’s a metaphor for life really, sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s disappointing and sometimes it’s surprisingly good!

Events/where to find my ceramics

I work from home but my work can be purchased from a few local places.  I am in the process of booking events I will be attending this year and I will add them as they are confirmed. I also have an Etsy online shop which you can access via the button below  though currently I have not got anything listed.


East Devon Arts Festival


14th -18th May 2019

An annual Arts Festival held in the parish church in Thorverton.

Contemporary Crafts Festival, Bovey Tracey

7th- 9th June 2019

My work will be among a selection of work by Westcountry Potters Association members in their stand

Festival of Ceramics,

Barnstaple Pannier Market

30th June 2019

A super ceramics fair in Barnstaple Panier Market. More details to follow.

Taunton Flower Show,

Vivary Park, Taunton

2nd & 3rd August 2019

I have booked another stall in the Craft Marquee again this year.

Blundell's Craft and Gift Fair

Blundells School, Tiverton

19th October 2019

A mixed craft fair with stalls of local makers, great cakes and all in aid of Children's Hospice South West.

Knightshayes Court Craft & Gift Fair

Knightshayes, Tiverton

15th - 17th November 2019

Once again I shall be at the NT Knightshayes Craft and Gift Fair. Its a lovely event and promises to be full of Christmas cheer and an opportunity to get your Chirstmas pressies sorted.

The Rural Living Show

Kings Hall School, Taunton

23rd & 24th November 2019

Barrington Court Christmas Market

Barrington Court, Nr Ilminster, Somerset

30th November & 1st December 2019

I will be there for the 1st December only. This is the first year of this fair in a lovely setting.


Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Becks Square, Tiverton, Devon.

Small selection of smaller pieces of my work.

Hybrid Gallery, High Street, Honiton, Devon

A selection of smaller pieces of my work.

Further stockists

Other stockists will be added as and when.


Contact Us

If you would like to contact me please feel free to email me on sarah_holder@btinternet.com, use this form or write to the address below.

Tel. 07538 278114

Sarah Holder Ceramics,

2 The School, 

Ash Thomas,

Tiverton EX16, UK

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