Sarah D’Arcy has been making ceramics all her working life – since her apprenticeship in the mid 1970s with Adam Dvorski at the Clyro Pottery just outside Hay-on-Wye. Having learnt the craft and thrown domestic ware, she started making humorous hippos, elephants, cows and more of her own creations.
Sarah began to produce more simplified pieces for the garden, such as hares, geese, sheep and hens. She uses a coarse clay called Crank mixture for the majority of her work, which gives the work its tactile nature. The hollow figures are hand-formed using coils with solid additions, coloured oxides are painted on then brushed with water to accentuate certain areas. The finished piece at the dry stage is then fired in an electric kiln to approximately 1260°C.
She sells most of her work from her workshop/showroom in Ross-on-Wye, where visitors are always welcome.
For more information, visit Sarah’s website, at www.sarahdarcyceramics.co.uk.