Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5 at the World Forestry Center in Portland. $5 admission; free for Sitka members.
    Artist Party Friday evening, November 3, 6-9pm. Food and wine. Tickets here: www.sitkacenter.com/sai.html
    Experience nature-inspired artwork in a variety of mediums and interpretations. Sitka's 24th annual Art Invitational will showcase 350+ works of sculpture, ceramics, paintings, metalwork, glass, fiber arts, book arts and prints, by more than 140 Northwest artists. I'll have 3 pieces in the show. The one shown here, "Habitat".



    Our 6th annual holiday sale. About 10 artists with special guest, painter Alison O'Donoghue! Loads of affordable gifts, sculpture and other artworks. Runs in conjunction with neighbor Ann Munson's huge Greenhouse art sale!
    Saturday, December 2, 9am to 4pm
    Sunday, December 3, 11am to 3pm
    Here at my studio: 461 SW Alderwood Dr., West Linn


    Concentrated exploration of vocabulary and style using simple exercises in collage, doodling and clay. For all levels—set aside what you know or what you don’t know about technique. Learn a methodology for mining the riches of the unconscious for image vocabulary and artistic style. Hear what people have said: click on 2-Day Workshop in the menu on your left.
    Need more info? Contact me at sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.

    March 17-18, 2018, 10am to 4:30pm at my West Linn studio
    $195 includes materials


    In this 5-day workshop you will delve into a creative process approach to totems, stacking totems and narrative clay sculpture.
    A totem, like a talisman or other empowered object, is a symbolic way to represent a person or group and tell a story. In this workshop, we will employ exercises such as collage on paper and sketching in clay to collect and play around with images, ideas, stories, forms and surfaces that you might want to incorporate into your creations. From these source materials, you will develop and design one or more totems to make in clay. You may end up with a number of standalone pieces or pieces and parts for a stacking totem. You're invited to scale your work to a size that best suits your objectives for the week and comfort level, and within that scale, I will provide guidance and instruction in construction. We’ll look at approaches to stacking totems that are key to the design process. Some handbuilding experience is helpful. .
    Dates tba, 10 am–4 pm (plus open studio hours) in West Linn
    $395 includes materials and bisque firing.


    Saturday and Tuesday Drop in Classes
    Ongoing classes provide an opportunity to devote a regularly scheduled time to learning and creating among a small group of like-minded souls in a supportive atmosphere. You will discover and pursue your own image vocabulary, learning ceramic techniques as needed to bring your vision into form. As you focus on your own clay projects, instruction is available in basic hand-building methods, and individualized instruction and feedback provided. Advice on glazing and finishing with alternative materials. Process-oriented exercises, clay tools, a generous selection of glazes, and a range of art materials are always available.
    Saturdays, 10 am–12:30 pm or Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 pm.
    $135 for 4 classes includes clay, glazes and firing. Use them anytime.
    ($35/one class includes materials and firing; $13.50/hr studio time)

    Maker Mondays
    This class focuses on learning and practicing hand-building skills while making animals and other group projects. Regular attendance required.
    Mondays, 1 to 3:30 pm. Ongoing. $135 for 4 classes includes clay, glazes and firing.


    My piece "Domestic Production" appears in Ceramic Sculpture: Making Faces, Lark Crafts Books, 2014

    500 Figures in Clay Volume 2, Lark Crafts Books, 2014 features "Tiger Buddha"

    One of my pieces, "Don't Feed the Hand That Bites You" is featured in Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, Schiffer Publishing. Available through amazon.com.

    "Contemporary Wildlife Art", Schiffer Publishing, May 2015 features three of my pieces.

    "Art Themes: Choices in Art Learning & Making", a textbook scheduled for publication by Indiana University Press in 2016