Sara goldhawk, potter
Pottery has saved my life! I've been making pottery since 1998, full time since 2011. Through unemployment, several moves, and a bout with breast cancer - pottery has helped me survive and thrive. Much of my story is embedded in my work.
I have a bachelors degree in fine art from Daemen College in Amherst, NY and a Master's Degree in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Buffalo, New York. My career has taken some artistic curves including years as an arts education advocate, organizing professional development in the arts for teachers, as well as teaching the arts and entrepreneurial workshops and classes. The bulk of my pottery training occurred at Eastern Market Pottery Studio in Washington, DC.
In 2015 I started a wholesale pottery business. With a home studio I make stoneware pottery that is fun and functional. I have been inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese pottery – that less is more and beauty is present in everything. Recently I have begun using sgraffito techniques that allow me to experiment with light, linear design, and illustration. Themes of storytelling, especially for children, and the ocean and nature are consistent threads in my work and will always guide me on my creative path.