Sarah bemus

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Sarah bemus

Hometown: Kamuela, HI

Current Residence: San Clemente ,CA

What is something personal you’d like to share about yourself?

I have two kids and a very sweet husband.

How did you find ceramics?

I always knew I’d end up working with clay, but didn’t expect it to happen this soon. During a break in my career, I took at class at Muddy’s in Santa Ana and found myself wanting to learn everything about the ceramics process - techniques, clay bodies, glaze formulation and the overall chemistry of ceramics. Hungry for more information, I enrolled in wheel classes at Saddleback College and received a very informative education than enabled me to build and run this little studio.

Who are your influences?

Heath Ceramics, Forrest Lesch-Middleton, Laura Haight, Billy al Bengston, and Ken Price. I’m also a fan of the abstract expressionists artists from the 1950s.

How would you describe your work?

I love functional pottery. The idea that a piece of art can be used the daily routines and traditions of our lives fascinates me. I enjoy studying how the intricacies of form and application of texture, patterns and color can improve and enhance these life experiences.

Why do you love/what do you love about ceramics?

Nothing feels better than creating something with your hands. I love the tangibility of ceramics and how with functional pottery, observers are invited to touch, feel and connect with a vessel.

If you had to choose one, Handbuilding or Wheel-Throwing? Why?

I’m partial to wheel-throwing because that’s what I’ve been focused on over the last 2 years. However, I’m interested in learning the tricks and techniques of hand-building because I know this will significantly increase my range of skill.