BRW Society have teamed up with CLAY by Sarah Allen
We've teamed up with CLAY by Sarah Allen to bring you a selection of fabulous hand crafted mugs by Sarah Allen.
BRW Society Founder, Laura Manning, interviewed Sarah Allen to find out more about this wonderful ceramic designer and artisan based in Dubai.
Let's find out more about CLAY by Sarah Allen!
"I saw “the great pottery throw down” on UK TV which is hosted by the amazing potter Keith Brymer-Jones and was hooked and had to try it! So me and a friend went for some classes in Dubai about 5 years ago and from then on it became my escape from work and enabled me to channel my creative ideas into clay!"
"Being in my studio is my “Happy Place” - being at one with the clay, the repetition of throwing on the wheel and then producing an item that can be used everyday is a huge source of satisfaction and gives me great pleasure to think that someone has taken the time to purchase a totally unique and bespoke piece of pottery that becomes part of their morning tea or evening dinner rituals."
"I have been lucky to travel around the world and see many different cultures and visit many places, which gave me ideas to draw from. I love looking through interior design and home magazines, and the internet is a huge source of inspiration! I also collect antique china and love going to antique fairs and markets when back in the UK. And my love of nature is evident in the colours I use - lots of naturals and leaving the raw clay exposed, and then complimenting with leather or driftwood handles."
"Natural, organic and bespoke."
"I specialise in tableware, so everything from mugs, bowls, plates, jugs, serving platters.....my instagram showcases most of my work and I am in the process of setting up my website...watch this space!"
"My favourite thing to make is when a customer wants something that is a gift or for a special occasion, like a wedding or birthday, or just a simple thank you present for a friend....and when I can work closely with the customer to make something that is truly bespoke for them - a lot of my work is commissioned and is truly made from the heart and the hands."
"I am setting up my website and really want to work on some comprehensive tableware “ranges” and then I am looking at complimenting my ceramics with natural and naturally dyed tableware fabrics....I just wish there were more hours in the day!
In 5 years’ time, I would like to have a studio large enough so that I can offer young student internships who are studying ceramics at college or Uni and it will allow them to benefit from learning how to run the business side of ceramics as well as enable them to be creative. I would also love to be able to “give back” and use some of the profits of my work to raise awareness and support charities and organisations that need help."