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potter Sarah Monk placing ceramic birds in the trees of hellens gardens

Eastnor Pottery co-directors Jon Williams and Sarah Monk are exhibiting a collection of their ceramic birds ‘n bugs at Hellen’s Garden Festival

Go see if you can spot them in the undergrowth but hurry hurry hurry, the exhibition closes this Sunday!

potter jon williams leaning over putting ceramic bee on a pole in to the ground of hellens gardens

potter Sarah Monk placing ceramic birds in the trees of hellens gardens

abstract terracotta bees on poles in the ground surround by shrubbery

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed

green white and blue decorated bottles from numbers 1 to 8

These fabulous door numbers were commissioned by Three Choirs Vineyards, for their Deluxe Vineyard View holiday accommodation.

Jon and Sarah combined their creative talents on this one – a collaboration of skill and style.

thrown terracotta bottles lined up and drying in pottery studio

painting brush applying white slip to a hand thrown terracotta bottle

hand thrown terracotta bottles painted with white slip on table

terracotta bottle cut in half being held

inside the halved terracotta bottle

terracotta painted bottles in the kiln before firing with numbers 4, 5 and 6 on them

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed inside the kiln

sarah monk ceramics including egg cups lemon squeezers and soap dishes

sarah monk ceramics including egg cups lemon squeezers and soap dishes

Sarah is super thrilled to be taking part in the Digital Craft Festival 26th  – 28th March 2021.

The online international event aims to promote the very best contemporary makers through an exciting program of talks demos and films. Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy direct from 150 selected artists working in all kinds of materials.

This is the first time she’s taken part:

“I’ve enjoyed this event lots in the past….. it’s so lovely! A fun filled weekend of craft demonstrations, interviews and workshops on InstagramFacebook and zoom.  The Digital Craft Festival is an opportunity I would ordinarily have to pass on, what with the 3.5k class participants that pass through the doors each year at Eastnor Pottery. As the Studio is currently closed to visitors I have had more time to focus on my own work. I’m launching lots of new designs in my shop especially for the event!”

As well as selling from her online shop, Sarah will be running a ‘make along’ zoom class.

“I will show you step by step how to make your own clay bug house and you can make along with me! No previous pottery experience is required. The pottery techniques I will be sharing with you are slab building and sgraffito decoration. Once you have made your wonderful clay house, leave it to air-dry at home.”

If you’d like to take part in the class you’ll need to purchase a ticket from her website.

 

ceramic artist and potter jon williams in his eastnor pottery studio herefordshire

ceramic artist and potter jon williams in his eastnor pottery studio herefordshire potter sarah monk ceramics in her pottery studio eastnor pottery herefordshire

Over the years we’ve collaborated with many talented and creative photographers to document our ceramics and social engagement practice.

Our current go to professional is George Nash AKA Beyond The Beaten Path.

George is communicative, super efficient and fun to work with. Can’t rate his photography and video making highly enough.

Love these ‘artist in the studio’ portraits George took of Sarah and myself a little while ago.

cheese dish by herefordshire potter sarah monk

cheese dish by herefordshire potter sarah monk

Sarah’s new designs are on display at Contemporary Ceramics Centre, the only retail Gallery in London specialising exclusively in British Studio Ceramics.

She has two new collections on show until the end of December 2020:

Breakfast Ware consisting of querky espresso cups, wobbly looking egg cups and an interesting collection of cereal bowls. The image above is a slipware cheesedish most definitely the biggest pinch pot item she’s made!!

Bathroom Ware consisting of hand built ceramic soap dishes of varying shapes and sizes, including her popular soap pillows and a selection of hand thrown toothbrush mugs.

hand made bathroom ceramics by herefordshire potter sarah monkcraft potters association logohand made egg cups and espresso mugs by eastnor potter sarah monk

The Gallery is run by the Craft Potters Association, of which Sarah has been a selected professional member for over 25 years. They set it up as a ‘benchmark for current practice in studio ceramics and with regularly changing display’  It’s always possible to purchase  a wide range of work from functional tableware to individual collectors pieces.

Sarah’s new work can be purchased from their own online shop here!

Sarah was also invited by Contemporary Ceramics Centre to write about her design process on their blogspot which can be viewed here!! It’s titled ‘In Conversation with Sarah Monk’.

Sarah also has a SHOP on her website and she will be stocking shelves very soon!