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Artist: Sarah Pike

Artist: Sarah Pike
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Sarah Pike is a full-time ceramic artist living and making functional slab-built pots in Fernie, BC, Canada. She studied ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota. Sarah was recently featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated and is a member of the Canadian ceramic collective, Make & Do.

Artist Statement

There is something extremely engaging about immersing hands in clay and all its processes, its tactile nature, its rainy scent, its infinite possibilities. I enjoy pottery that conveys personality, a slight air of attitude, that first step off the path. In that vein, my pots are never entirely symmetrical, as though they are leaning towards animation. One teapot leans into its ultimate pour, a cream jug leans back in a state of resistance, a mug sways off kilter like a half bottle of wine in the system. I like this static sense of energy in pottery. It evokes the plastic nature of clay in its raw form but also the movement associated with the finished pot’s intended use. It reflects our beauty and awkward imperfections; imperfections that celebrate the handmade object over mass-produced, industrial ware. My pottery is inspired by many things, including the landscape around my home, the rich history of pottery, but also by antique tinware, textured metal, and the old things you might find in barns.


• 2015 “Spotlight”, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB.
• 2015 “The Intimate Object XI”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
• 2015 “What Is Left Behind”, Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert, AB
• 2015 “Art of the Garden”, Fired Up! Contemporary Works in Clay, Victoria, BC
• 2015 “High Tea”, Willock and Sax Gallery, Banff, AB
• 2014 “The Makings V”, Willock and Sax Gallery, Banff, AB
• 2014 “Caffeine”, Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Edmonton, AB
• 2014 “Furnish”, Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Edmonton, AB
• 2014 “May Cup”, Willock and Sax Gallery, Banff, AB
• 2013 “The Makings IV”, Willock and Sax Gallery, Banff, AB
• 2013 “Medalta International Cup Show”, Medalta, Medecine Hat, AB
• 2013 “Array of Clay III” The Fernie Arts Station, Fernie, BC
• 2013 “Off Centre”, Webster Gallery, Calgary, AB
• 2012 “Array of Clay II” The Fernie Arts Station, Fernie, BC
• 2011 “A Table”, The Fernie Art Station, Fernie, BC
• 2011 “Array of Clay”, The Fernie Art Station, Fernie, BC
• 2009 “1000 Miles Apart ACAD Alumni”, Alberta College of Art and Design, Main
Space Gallery, Calgary, AB. Curated by Greg Payce
• 2004 “Promenade”, North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, Calgary, AB
• 2003 “Out of Hand”, North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, Calgary, AB
• 2003”Living Room”, Westlands Art Gallery, Cochrane, AB
• 2001”University of Minnesota Graduate Students Show”, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, USA
• 2001 “Home”, the Croft, Calgary, AB
• 2000 “NCECA student show”, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. Curated by
Jeannie Quinn and Kim Dickie
• 1999 “A Crowd of Pots”, the Croft, Calgary, AB


• 2001 teaching assistantship university of Minnesota
• 1997 nominated for board of governors award, ACAD
• 1997 BFA with distinction, ACAD
• 1995 Plainsman Clay Award, merit of work

Professional Experiences

• 2016 Handbuilding Workshop, Yellowknife, NWT
• 2016 “Roll with it”, Delta Pottery Club, Tsawassen, BC
• 2015 “Handbuilt and Textured”, Pass Pottery Club, Coleman, AB
• 2014 “Handbuild it!” Workshop at the Cottonwood Clay Studio, Drumheller, AB
• 2013 “ Handbuilt and Textured” Handbuilding workshop, North Mount Pleasant,
Calgary, AB
• 1998-present - Studio Potter, Sarah Pike Pottery 2006-2010 Owner and
Instructor at Barnyard Clay Studio, Teaching wheel and handbuilding
• 2002 “Thrown and Altered”, throwing and altering workshop, North Mount
Pleasant Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• 2000 Ceramic Technician, North Mount Pleasant Art Centre, Calgary Alberta,


• 2001 Graduate studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. MN, USA
• 2000 Special Student, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
• 1998 BFA with honours, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta,


• “Texture Play” Pottery Making Illustrated, article and cover, March/April
• Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure “, April, 2015
• Ceramics Monthly, “Exposure “, November, 2014
• Avenue Magazine, Calgary, “New and Noteworthy”, July, 2014
• “500 Teapots Volume 2”, Lark Crafts, 2013

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