For Our Spring Unveiling Festival we presented a new series of works by Oregon ceramist, Sara Swink. Sara Swink's ideas evolve through a process methodology that she teaches in workshops and which employs simple and accessible techniques to unleash the unconscious. Omnipresent background concerns take form through an uncontrolled stream of consciousness. This is highly personal grouping of work was conceived following a prolonged period of illness. They represent the shedding of anxiety about mortality through the joy of recovery. They are a celebration of life and renewal. What could be more fitting for Spring.
"I try to stay out of the way, letting ideas flow, selecting the ones that most resonate to bring into clay. I also get ideas from what I’m reading, a phrase or concept that triggers an idea for a piece. I sketch a lot, and one piece often leads to more ideas. There is a thread of personal narrative that runs through all my ceramic work. Reflection and writing help me to recognize and make some sense of the progression. It’s the process of inner exploration that keeps me moving forward.”
Sara Swink moved to Oregon in 2006, where she established Clay Circle Studio and continues to show and teach. In 2013, Sara was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat”. She is a member of Oregon Potters Association and exhibits annually at OPA Ceramic Showcase in Portland.