SARAH MONK | REVELLING IN THE EASYGOING FEEL OF A COUNTRY POTTER
Creating the collection has been a winter evening pursuit, when our busy studio is closed to customers. By day we offer Pottery Experiences and have been doing so for the last 24 years. Having just a few hours at the end of a busy day really focuses the creative process for me!
I am a designer-maker specialising in functional ceramics to fit comfortably in the home, particularly the kitchen (my favourite room in our house).
|Work in progress|
I co-own Eastnor Pottery and The Flying Potter with my husband, Jon Williams. We met at Bath, where we both graduated with a BA(Hons) in Ceramics. I began my career producing a bright yellow range of functional, yet whimsical ceramics and sold them in many galleries across the UK. I made a series of bee-covered teapots, one of which ended up in a touring exhibition called ‘Time for Tea’ by the British Council.
|Sarah Monk vase|
In 1997, writer and critic Paul Vincent highlighted how the “ceramic practice at Eastnor is re-defining the role of the contemporary potter - putting a value on activity just as much as product”. Since then, as a team, we have taught pottery to thousands of people of all ages and abilities across the country and we are not stopping any time soon.
All photos by Kirsty Pye.