Maker of the Month – February

Sarah Rooms-Heaphy

Sarah studied Fashion and Textiles at Nottingham University obtaining a BA (Hons) in Embroidery. Followed by a City and Guilds Part 1 in Creative Studies (Ceramics) in which she was highly commended.

Now based in Cambridge Sarah’s work is based on observations of the Jurassic coast of east Devon. Sarah combines textures and details to represent this unique landscape. Her work was featured in the British Museum’s Ice age exhibition.

Sarah produces a range of work made with porcelain clay and porcelain paper clay. She works by hand building vessels using slabs rolled out to various thicknesses. The porcelain paper clay is used to created very thin translucent tea light holders that when placed in strong light or when containing a lit candle the light will show through the piece enhancing the detail and texture of these delicate vessels.

Her other work is also slab built in porcelain clay. She produces pieces such as plaques, vases and dishes. Their surfaces are created to reflect the coastal regions she is fascinated by, using casts of ammonites, pebbles and shells. These surfaces are then washed in underglaze colours, oxides and vitreous slips to enhance the detail and texture of the surfaces. Sometimes she will build up the layers of abstract colour to hint at the seascapes and beaches, headlands, waterways and harbours that so interest her.