Slab Building with Handmade Texture with Sarah Pike

If you love the act of stamping texture into soft clay, this video is for you! Sarah Pike shares her techniques for creating beautiful slab built vessels with unique custom textures and designs. Not only does Sarah reveal her streamlined slab building techniques, but she also shares how to make the texture tools she uses to create one-of-a-kind designs.

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Sarah Pike

About the Artist

Sarah Pike is a full time potter living and making pots in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. She makes functional slab-built pottery in her home studio on a an acre of land on the edge of a little ski town. She majored in ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She then studied at Colorado University in Boulder, and went on to do graduate studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Along the way, she started a family, lived in a barn, and helped run her husband’s family ranch. Currently, Sarah lives in a renovated old mining house with her husband, two kids, and a dog named Lily. Sarah Pike’s pottery is inspired by many things, including the landscape around her home, the rich history of ceramics, but also by antique tinware, textured metal, and old things you might find in barns.

  • Maggie A.

    Such lovely work. In the interview I found myself nodding throughout and recognizing myself in your story. So grateful for your transparency, your honesty about the darker side of becoming a parent and how it affects our dreams. Carry on!

  • Kimberli C.

    Love how authentic and open you allowed yourself to be. Because I’m also a potter, I feel every story and word as if they are mine, too. You are a beautiful person!!! Thanks for sharing your life and love of clay. Kimberli

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