Winter Market Vendor Series: Revisiting Sarahmics
Feb20

Winter Market Vendor Series: Revisiting Sarahmics

Fact: Drinking out of a hand made ceramic mug makes everything taste better. I don’t care what it is; milk, water, wine…it’s just better this way. Maybe it’s the weight of the mug, the earthy texture, or the comfy at-home feel a piece of pottery gives you. Whatever the reason, Sarah Thompson, the talent behind Sarahmics, has figured it out. As her name consistently buzzed in my ear from friends and regulars at the market, I decided it was time to revisit Sarahmics and see just what she’s been up to. Turns out it’s a lot. Let me start by saying that Sarah is yet another fun, friendly and open person I have had the pleasure of meeting at the market. Beautiful inside and out – and this all shows in her ceramics. In 2012 Sarah did what so many of us dream of doing. She “quit her day job” to pursue her hobby. What a risk it must have been, but Sarah sees the rewards every time she produces another unique piece. “When your hobby becomes your livelihood, you learn a lot.  I am an artist, accountant, secretary, promoter, salesman, shipper, graphic designer, and so much more.  The biggest skill I’ve learned is time management,” Sarah explains. Now that she’s gotten the swing of wearing ten hats at once, her work is growing and she has more of an opportunity to try new techniques. She talked to me about the new things she’s doing this year. “My work has changed completely over the past year.  My new work involves a technique called ‘Sgraffito’.  This is when you paint an underglaze or slip onto the leather hard piece and then carve through that color or slip into the clay. The carvings I do on my pieces are inspired by plants and flowers.  I’ve also developed my own glazes (colors).  This is super exciting to me because it really makes each piece unique to me and my brand.” She posts a lot of her work to her Facebook page. Some of her posts are actual videos of her process. I am transfixed by this…the sound and the movement of the wheel. Honestly, to me pottery is so natural and the process of making it is mesmerizing. Sarahmics is an honest to goodness representation of beauty and functionality. Imagine a strainer that’s pretty enough to keep on your counter. Her pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe – and they are all one of a kind. Every ripple and stroke of the chisel is different from one piece to the next. Sarah is humbled by the accolades she receives from loyal customers, but she remains confident in her...

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