Mahima Singh

I had the honor and privilege to interview Mahima Singh for Ceramics Monthly's March issue.  We overlapped at Pottery Northwest, she helped me setup my first* studio at EQuinox and she has impressed, surprised and humbled me, every.step.of.the.way. I have never met someone as thoughtful and wise as Mahima, who manages to live with so much joy at the same time.  Follow her on instagram if you don't already - her images exude sunshine and freshness.  @clayisokay

With their permison here's the article in full: originally published in March 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 50,51,52. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.

ps
*oooh! Did I say "first"?!  That's a hint... x

 

happy holidaze

Wishing you and your families all the the best for the holidays and the New Year.

Thank you for everyone who is gifting my work this year
your support and belief in my work feels amazing
and I appreciate it more than I can say.
To everyone receiving something this year,
I hope you enjoy your goodies.

with love,

xSarah

November Ceramics Monthly

Here's the article I wrote for this month's for Ceramics Monthly.  I very much appreciative their support and interest in my story, and I hope you enjoy reading it here, republished with their permission.
For those of you paying close attention, the dog in the picture is Shelby, not Jones.  Shelby is my "dog-daughter" a blond lab, and when her Dad used to travel for work she'd be with me in the studio.  A few months before we got Jones, Shelby's Dad started traveling less, and so we made room for my new studio pup Jones.  If you want to see him at work in the studio have a look here on instagram.

enjoy xx

ps
the title makes me a little uncomfortable,
I'm still very much me,
my job just changed a little.

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Originally published in November 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 36-39http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.

Equinox Open House - Second Saturday

Every Second Saturday of the month, Equinox's makers open their doors from 6-9pm for the public to come and adventure in art land.  It's a different mix of makers every month, but always an adventure with fire pits in the street, and music and creativity pouring out the doors.

You can also follow Equinox on facebook here - and they make an event every month and share who will be open, which is a nice way to follow a wider maker community.

Last month, I asked for visitors input on some nesting bowls I was developing, and this time I have new porcelain earrings* on offer (warning, these will ruin you for other earrings, they are so light).  Usually, I've a few samples and seconds on sale alongside my own work - so bargain hunter be ready...

Stop by, and say hi - and give Jones a scratch under his chin he loves visitors!

6560 5th Ave S. Equinox Studios, The LivingRoom Bldg, Seattle, WA 98108
(it's the single metal door, opposite the picnic table and basketball hoop)


 

Spotlight

This Spotlight article was published in the February issue of Ceramics Monthly about little ol' me (!) and my collaboration with La Marzocco Home. Thank you to Marcie McCabe (PR to Pottery Northwest) for the introduction, & thank you to Jessica Knapp (editor, Ceramics Monthly) for your interest in the project and your guidance. 

My brother & I grew up on two sides of the product design field - he is in tech, and I was the physical design stuff. We made a deal many moons ago that whichever of us made it into I.D. Magazine first, the other would buy them dinner at a restaurant of their choice.  
@Jofish - this isn't I.D. Magazine -- but it IS a full page spread.  
Do you want to settle up?

Lastly, a grateful shout out to Kelly Ballantyne photographer extraordinaire, who made me smile, and managed a number of nice photographs of me in the studio that day.  (This is no easy task, I grimace almost involuntarily at cameras.) I highly recommend her for ambiance portrait work - look how warm and inviting this photo is. 

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Originally published in the February 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, page (80).
 http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org 
Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission."

 

La Marzocco Home

The day after I signed for the keys to my studio at Equinox I took a call with Scott Callander at La Marzocco Home who was looking to source custom cups to be sold as accompaniments to their home espresso machines. He asked when they could visit my studio to talk in detail about the designs they were looking for, and I suggested Friday… giving me just enough time to sort the studio out, unpack boxes and build a few IKEA Omar shelves. 

 When we met we hit if off right away, and afterwards I sent Scott along with a few schematic drawings and a note saying, “it was great to hang out”.  We went back and forth tweaking the design and having agreed on form, tone of grey, size of logo and glaze application – it was go time.

The La Marzocco cups have flown off the shelves with help from their great marketing team. The cups were even the lead gift item in this article on Sprudge:

Working with La Marzocco has been a gift. My lead client Scott, has been client, friend and mentor as my fledgling business is stepping up to the plate with a company well versed in supply, production and design quality. They are also well versed in social media and content production and Ben Blaze, creative & photographer extraordinaire, spent a few days at my studio documenting my process.  He generously shared his photos from that time with me, here's a peak for you.


and a tinny peak at some of their press photos, but for full effect see their Instagram

up your game

As I mentioned I will continue to teach at Pottery Northwest and I'm starting to understand how things work there. Residents get to propose their own classes and we've had coffee focused class, and another that had beer brewing as a focus - so there's lots scope to play with.  After 2 years of watching some really talented people not giving themselves the permission to take their clay practice seriously - I wanted a class that had the structure I could really push my students with. The class I proposed and taught this time was called “up your game”.  

I was lucky to have a great mix of students old and new and they all took the challenge of the class seriously. They set themselves goals at the beginning of the semester and smashed past them, challenging themselves to try new things and put a little more effort and consideration into their work. 

It was really fun to teach the class and have the freedom to be ‘tough,’ calling my students out when they were cutting corners. As a bonus trickle on effect, while I always try to ‘up my game’ in my personal practice – teaching this class made me more aware in my own studio too.

I am very proud. I only spent 3-4 hours a week with these projects, but at the end of 10 weeks – it feels almost as good as if they were my own. I’m reminded it’s a real honor to teach. Here are a few pictures of their work.

a new home for my studio in Georgetown

After my exit show at Pottery Northwest I had to move out, (as the residency is only for 2 years). They have a lovely way of putting it, which is: it's not The End, we are just changing our relationship -- I will continue to teach there and be a part of the community.
 
As a new home, I found myself a 300 square foot studio space at Georgetown’s Equinox Studios. EQ is bubbling over with creative people from blacksmiths and painters, to installation artists, costumers and a few clay folks too. It is a really friendly, warm community and there's always something bizarre happening. From forklift acrobatics, to three wheel trikes popping wheelies outside my window -- there's always a distraction. My first day in the studio I saw someone showing up at 5:25pm on a Tuesday afternoon, riding one of the community BMX with a fresh growler fill for the evening. It was then, that I was certain I knew I was going to like it here. 

If you are curious to know more, here’s a little thirty minute segment that aired on local TV just weeks after I moved in. You can see my hands at work about 2 minutes in, and there are a few ambiance shots of my studio space towards the end too.

http://www.seattlechannel.org/artZone/?videoid=x60103

 

Queen Anne and Magnolia News

so this happened,
(and mum was proud)
click the image to see the whole article

Actually, as this is my blog, I think I can take a moment to muse on the article. This was my first time dealing with the press about my own work. While it's a wholly a positive article, and lots of QA & MN readers visited the gallery and saw my show - it is not entirely how I would have told the story. There's something grating about the quote that my husband told me to get out the house -- out of the context of the conversation, it sounds less playful than how the story was told, and brushes my feminist sensibilities. But, "if there's no such thing as bad press" -- then hoorah!  

welcome - more thank a feeling

Friday evening was the opening night of my exit show
celebrating two years as a resident at Pottery Northwest.

Below are some photos from the night of the opening.
If you missed the opening, and would like a guided tour
please do drop me a line - and I will happily meet you at the gallery to talk about the work.
The show is up until the end of August.

This started as a thank you to my photographers,
and it grew and grew,
as there are so many people that supported me to this point.

Thank you to Sudhi Tirnahalli and Robert Alexander
for being my photographers so I could focus on other things.  
(like hugging guests and directing them towards the beer and bubbles!)

to Jane Hill, transatlantic DJ.

to Plank & Grain, for the generous loan of their handmade, furniture.
Their custom furniture is lovingly made from reclaimed wood
found in old buildings around the Pacific Northwest. 
Their work is exquisite and affordable
and I can't count the number of people who have raved about it to me since the show went up. 
(and to Jordan, who introduced me to Plank & Grain, I consider my creative fairy godmother.)

James Lobb director of Pottery Northwest, who truly enjoys facilitating artists making and showing their art.
Only surpassed by his wife Brooke - who is the calm presence at each of our openings - and the person who makes everything alright on the night.  They both follow elegantly in the footsteps of Wally & Julie Bivins who lead the way before them.  Also, thank you to Wally for taking a chance on me, and all of your guidance, and friendship.

Robert, Mum, Dad, Joe, Helene & Wolfe, Alex & Eileen, Bridget, Margaret & Chris, Janie, Ra&G, Vicky, Mel, Noriko, Momo, and all my friends and family who have believed in me, supporting my clay career from way back when - and patiently waited while I found my way back here.

I could go on... it takes a village.  
Also, thank you to The Village.  

Instagram

I had an email yesterday with an inquiry about working together
(fingers crossed, this could be a really exciting project...) 
from someone who saw this photo on instagram.
Thank you Sprudge for the feature
and The London Plane for carrying my work in the first place
and my brilliant friend Jordan for the introduction to TLP. 

Also their post is timely! 
As I have to say with the warm weather coming in,
these cups are coming into their peak season
they are called: Gin and Tonic Please!  

thank you universe.  xx

keeping an eye on myself

I'm always snapping photos as I go - it really helps me keep track of where I am in the process.  It also motivates me, I love seeing these snaps on my camera mix in amongst the other things that I was excited about during the day.  (I'm that person that punctuations my conversations in person with a picture "the sky this morning was electric orange".)

From documenting what was loaded in a kiln (how many cups did I make?) to knowing what was on the other side of a piece when it's in a mold and I can't see it -- here's a little sampling from this months' photos:

This set - tells me what's the other side of a piece.  
These are all the outside, or the bottom of the pieces you are looking at:

These are kiln loads, and unloads. I love multiples - so when I've set a kiln to fire overnight, seeing these on my phone before I go to sleep almost excites me too much to sleep through the night. The kiln interior shots are useful for me to consider what fits the most pieces in for future efficiency.  

Also, Tetris!! 

Last but not least - shiny glazed work, fresh and tinkling as it cools, out the kiln. I always document new work before it goes out the door, especially if it is a new design. However before that, and before I give everything its final sanding I like to see what's there - what failed, what split and then indulge myself in a few photos that speak to multiples and production, rather than design. It takes a lot of work to get a table full of ceramics like this - and so I indulge myself.  :-) 

going gang busters

I have been going gangbusters since November 9th, and have been in the studio every day, and will be until Friday -- when I'll have my first day off. (!) I'm usually working a 10-12 hour day - to fill an order for a holiday pop-up shop this coming weekend - and getting work together for the PNW Resident Artists Holiday Show and Sale.  It's hard going, but I'm really enjoying the single minded focus of it too.

The King Street Makers Market --  pop-up shop is curated to two sharp eyed ladies with exceptional taste. (well they picked my work ;-) )  Their collection is all Northwest made, and ranges from fancy sugars & salts, to fabrics, ink drawings, jewelry, leather goods - and my ceramics.
We got a write up in the Seattle Met.  I have to say -- they've been doing a fine job with their social media campaign too see here on Instagram and here on Facebook for more. Maybe its silly - but I was flattered when they told me that their studio visit with me, (when they snapped this photo) is when they had the idea to profile their makers as well as their work -- as part of the social media campaign.

The pop-up is THIS weekend,  starting Friday the 5th, through Sunday the 7th of December in the International District 666 S King Street.
(did you go?  is that how you got to my website? say hi! tell me what you got!!)

I've also been charging towards my deadline for the Pottery Northwest's Resident Artist Holiday Show & Sale who's deadline is a week later than the KSMM -- thank goodness!  PNW's show and sale is up till December 20th but the opening THIS Saturday promises to be a good time.  Revealing my new grey spectrum work for the first, new vases, and a new serving form!  (photos soon to follow)  Come by and say hello!