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.


Toby's Garden Festival

Powderham Castle

1st & 2nd May 2020

An annual gardening festival held in the grounds of Powderham Castle, Exeter. I will be in the Craft Barn.

The English Country Garden Festival

Coombe Trenchard

30th & 31st May 2020

A garden festival on the Coombe Trenchard estate an Edwardian estate in the Arts and Crafts Manner. Located near Lewtrenchard,  Devon.

Exeter Craft Festival

Cathedral Green

2nd - 4th July 2020

A craft festival on the Cathedral Green with the Cathedral as the back drop, 100 stalls and free entry.

Taunton Flower Show,

Vivary Park, Taunton

7th & 8th August 2020

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


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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