Explore the world of Sarah Pike's slab-built textured stoneware.
There is something extremely engaging about immersing hands in clay and all its processes, its tactile nature, its rainy scent, its infinite possibilities.
Sarah Pike enjoys pottery that conveys personality, a slight air of attitude, that first step off the path. In that vein, her pots are never entirely symmetrical, as though they are leaning towards animation. One teapot leans into its ultimate pour, a cream jug leans back in a state of resistance. The artist likes this static sense of energy in pottery. For her it evokes the plastic nature of clay in its raw form but also the movement associated with the finished pot's intended use. It reflects our beauty and awkward imperfections; imperfections that celebrate the handmade object over mass-produced, industrial ware. Her intent is a little wabi-sabi on the table, shelf or in the hand.
Pike produces function ware with attitude – “slab work with a twist so to speak”.
The artist's pottery is inspired by many things, including the nature around her home, the rich history of pottery, specifically Japanese and Islamic ceramics, but also by “antique tin-ware, textured metal and old things you might find in barns.” She makes functional slab-built pottery in her home studio in a renovated old mining house on an acre of land on the edge of a little ski town. She lives and works there with her family.
A graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design, University of Colorado and the University of Minneapolis, Pike has gone on to make a name for herself both as a ceramic artist and as a teacher. Her bright, imaginative, and technically solid ceramic function wares speak to the details of her world, whether that is a sprig of spruce tree, a mule deer buck or the blossoms on a cherry tree. Her clarity of design and strong knowledge of glaze provides vessels that show to advantage her confidence with the medium and process.
SLAB BUILDING - a method of building or constructing a pot or other ceramic shape or structure using rolled slabs of clay (De Waal, Edmund. The Pot Book. Phaidon, 2015).