Ceramics Designer Maker
Sarah Holder Ceramics
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
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.
Other stockists will be added as and when.