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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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Sarahmics
Jul25

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Sarahmics

As we enter the final leg of summer, the Barr Street Market rolls on, and so does the outstanding list of vendors! I am excited to write this week’s post because Sarah Thompson of Sarahmics was so excited to be a part of it. When I contacted her about this vendor series she was thrilled to be featured as one of the market’s vendors and even more ecstatic to talk about her awesome work. Sarah’s craft is pottery.  She describes it as, “uniquely functional ceramic for everyday use and display.” She has been a vendor at Barr Street Market for three years as well as local and regional juried art fairs.  But when asked why she loves attending the market she says it’s the vibe that draws her in.  It’s not just the interaction of the other talented vendors, but even the “sheer awesomeness of the cusotmers” that creates her self-titled “Barr Street family.” Sarah adds, “Barr Street helped me ‘fill in the gaps’ between art fairs which allowed me to confidently quit my day job three years ago and become self employed and fully support myself based on my pottery! The market holds such a strong place in my heart for this reason!” This is a girl with a dedication to our market!  She even gives a shout out to Barr Street Market on her website, promoting the 10th Anniversary.  Speaking of dedication…when it comes to pottery, she’s got it.  “ I just want people to know that I take my time with each piece, I do not use any molds.  I make each piece and all the parts for each piece, one at a time.  Because of this, no two pieces are ever exactly alike.  Every piece you buy from me is truly one of a kind! Take a teapot, for example: Body, spout, handle, lid, knob.  The simplest teapot is at least five different pieces, five different balls of clay, five different decisions, five different items to attach and assemble, all for one teapot. I put my heart and soul into each piece.  my hands form each and every item.  That’s what’s so special. So many people tell me that my mug is their favorite mug and that they can feel my love, passion, and energy in each piece.  This is my goal, and it’s the best compliment ever!”  Sarah will be at the Barr Street Market on July 26th (that’s tomorrow!), August 2nd and 30th, and September 20th.  She also teaches classes, workshops and even private parties for between 4-10 people.  Go to her website for more information, or if nothing else, to see the photo gallery of her studio.  Mark my...

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