Sarah Dunstan

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About

After graduating from Cardiff, Sarah returned to her native Cornwall where she established her first pottery in St Ives, in 1993. For the past ten years she has worked from the Gaolyard Studios, founded by ex-Leach potter John Bedding.

 

Using flat sheets of stoneware clay as a canvas, Sarah paints the surface with coloured slips, and then applies intricate ‘fretwork’ patterns, individually carved from a thin layer of porcelain. No stencils are used, instead every design is hand drawn and then cut from the porcelain sheet before being transferred to the prepared slab in a unique process Sarah has perfected over many years. The decorated sheets are assembled to create the finished form. Joins are left as raw seams and the surface is treated to create the final distinctive patina.

 

Born: 1969 Helston Cornwall

 

1987 – 1989 Falmouth School of Art & Design BTEC Diploma: General Art and Design, Distinction

1989 – 1992 Cardiff Institute of Higher Education B.A. (Hons) in 3D Design Ceramics – 2:1

 

Artistic Career

Received the David Canter Memorial Award for Crafts September 1995

Selector of Ceramics @ Cornwall Crafts Association 1997

Rufford Ceramic Centre, Nottingham April 1999- A months residency with the opportunity to make experimental work & teach workshops

Rufford Ceramic Fair, Nottingham, Demonstrator June 2001

Falmouth College of Arts, visiting lecturer on the BA(Hons) Studio Ceramics

Cornwall College , visiting lecturer, HND Ceramics

Taught on summer workshop at Wobage Craft Workshops, Ross-on -Wye

Invited to Denmark in Jan 08. Demonstrated & gave presentations in Vendsyssel Art Museum, Hjoerring, Denmark & the National School for Design, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Won the Cornwall Crafts Award 2008

 

Selected Exhibitions

2013

New Ceramics, Beaux Arts Bath

 

2010

Clay17. New ceramics by 17 leading makers. Woodbury, Devon

Gaolyard: A Special Place, Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber

The Affordable Art Fair,Battersea (represented by Penhaven Gallery)

Earth And Fire Ceramic Fair, Rufford, Nottingham

 

2009

On The Surface Blackwell Arts & Craft House, Windermere

New Work Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (represented by Penhaven Gallery)

Focus     Cornwall Crafts, Trelissick Gallery, Nr Truro

Earth And Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford, Nottingham

 

2008

CanCan Gallery, ‘Gaolyard Potters’ Lonstrup, Denmark

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London (represented by Penhaven gallery)

Ceramics in the Studio, Newlyn Art Gallery

 

2007

Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)

Xmas Charity Art Exhibition Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London

 

2006

Show White Penhaven Gallery, St Ives

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)

Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire

 

2005

Commission for Cruise Liner Ruby Saga

3 person show with Naomi Frears & Jess Cooper Newlyn Art Gallery

Gaolyard 05 Trelowarren, Helston

250 at 250, Charity Art Exhibition Collyer-Bristow, London

Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham

 

2004

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)

Ceramic Market Swalmen . Holland

Ceramic Fair Tredgar House , Newport

New Works for Christmas Gallery Top , Derbyshire

More than Tinsel Llantarnam Grange, Wales

Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham

 

2003

Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire

Three Artists Penhaven Gallery St.Ives

Showcase Contemporary Ceramics London

Ceramic Fair Tredgar House , Newport

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham

 

2002

Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire

Tea for Two Cupola Contemporary Art Sheffield

“Wall Pieces” Ceramica Newlyn Art Gallery Newlyn

Three Years On Gaolyard Show, Trelowarren

Ceramics in the City Geffrye Museum London

Text Message Rufford Ceramic Centre Notts

The Tea Party Bircham Contemporary Arts Holt

Christmas Exhibition The Gallery Upstairs Henley-in-Arden

 

2001

The Elements of Contemporary Crafts The Royal Cornwall Museum Truro

A Clustre of Lustres Laburnum Ceramics Penrith, Cumbria

New Ceramics Trelowarren Gallery Helston, Cornwall

Mixed Show Grange Barns Gallery Shropshire

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham

 

2000

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham

CPA Autumn Fair Oxford

Verandah, Two person show Oxford

Does it Pour? City Art Gallery Leeds

Inspired & Fired C.P.A exhibition Metropole Arts Centre, Folkstone

Inspired Choices C.P.A selected exhibition Morley Gallery, London

The Majlis Gallery, Dubai

Mixed Show, Grange Barns Gallery Shropshire

 

1999

Tea with Gaudi   Newlyn Art Gallery Newlyn

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair, Rufford Nottingham

 

1998

Staz Fair, Bologna Italy

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair, Rufford Nottingham

 

1997

“To Move & Amuse”, The Harley Gallery Welbeck, Nottingham

CPA Christmas Fair, Bloxham

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair, Rufford Nottingham

 

1994

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair, Rufford Nottingham

 

1993

Young Contemporaries, V & A Museum London

International Potter’s Fair, Milsbeek Holland