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. After stepping back from being a full-time working mother, I signed up for a 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 education, I enrolled in ceramics classes at Saddleback College and realized quickly that my newfound passion was here to stay. With the support of my family and guidance from the staff at Saddleback, Muddy’s and my pottery peers, I built this little studio and continue to learn and enjoy the world of ceramics.

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 expressionist artists from the 1950s.

How would you describe your work?

I love functional pottery. The idea that a piece of art can be used in 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 excited to learn more about hand-building because of the infinite possibilities it offers with non-symmetrical forms.