Sara Scott has lived in Picton for the last 16 years, where she has her own studio and gallery at Essons Valley. She has also recently help set up a small teaching space at the PowerHouse Pottery in Picton.
She was formerly President of Marlborough Community Potters and a Vice President of Ceramics NZ. She has taught in Picton (at her own workshops and in schools), Blenheim (Marlborough Community Potters and other community groups) and Nelson (Craft Potters).
Sara was born in the UK, trained at Central St Martins School of Art, London in the 1970's and went on to be a teacher, then a PA in an architectural practice before becoming a gilder in Suffolk in the 1990's.
In 2012 Sara contributed to an exhibition at The Millennium in Blenheim entitled 'Three' (with Janet Green and Fran Maguire), in 2014 she was selected for the Portage Ceramic Awards, and in 2015 she had her first solo exhibition, Full Circle, at The Millennium. She has also taken part in group exhibitions at The Refinery and The Suter in Nelson, the most recent being ‘Fire and Earth’ at The Suter in 2018 and 2020.
Sara's work over the years has been predominantly in earthenware with burnished coloured slips, but recently she has also used porcelain and stoneware. Decorative techniques are of particular interest, especially burnishing, scraffitto and inlay. She is a keen member of the Picton Life Drawing Group and the translation of 2D drawings and marks onto and into 3D forms continues to hold her interest.
My main interest over the last 50 years has been in the development of translating pattern or line from two dimensions into three. Sometimes the actual technique of decorating (i.e. burnishing slips, scratching lines, drawing along the edges or inlaying different clays) helps to describe the form. At other times the sheer vibrancy of the colours used, or another idea popping up, distracts me from this preoccupation.
My main priority has not always been functional, although often the works refer to a function or an impression of how something could be used. I am more of a ceramic artist than a potter. Many types of clay interest me, terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, paperclay, depending on the message being conveyed. I use several different building techniques, coiling, slabbing and throwing. I find my ideas go around and around. Something I thought of years ago suddenly crops up again in a slightly different form. Ceramic techniques often drive these ideas, but I find myself mainly attracted to oval forms, asymmetrical top edges and altered thrown-ware.