• Two-Day Creative Process Workshop

    NEW: Now offering PDUs and CEUs for Teachers for this workshop!
    2-day Creative Process Workshop at my West Linn studio.
    June 27-28, 2020, 10 to 4:30
    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.
    $225 includes materials. (additional cost for PDUs/CEUs)
    Info & registration: sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.

    More at saraswink.com/section/281230-2-Day-Crea…

  • *Portrait in Clay Workshop with Kendall Jones*

    April 18 & 19, 2020, 10am to about 4pm at Clay Circle Studio in West Linn.
    I invited Kendall to teach a workshop at my studio because I love her work, she's an experienced teacher, and it's time for her to share her sculpting talents and knowledge with the world. Kendall will present an approach to sculpting a head at one-third size. Live model; emphasis on how to see and skill building. List of recommended tools. All levels. Limit 10 participants.
    $195 plus materials fee (armature, clay). Contact sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480 to sign up.

  • 3-Day Workshop: Create A Personal Shrine

    A 3-Day Workshop to Honor Spirit Through Artmaking
    Memorial Day weekend 2020, 10am to 3pm (plus open studio hours)
    $325 includes materials and bisque firing
    At Clay Circle Studio in West Linn
    Whatever your religious beliefs, a personal shrine can reflect your spirituality and give you a creative outlet to express goals, beliefs and ideals. It may be a memorial to a lost loved one or a way to focus on an aspect of self. Shrines, temples, altars, and empowered objects such as amulets, talismans and relics evoke unseen worlds, are ways to focus energy, and can be reminders that there is more to us than our egos.

    This 3-day workshop is a chance to explore and create a personal shrine, incorporating symbolic imagery using paper, clay, and other materials.
    • we will look at shrines and sacred objects from many cultures
    • consider the structure and function of a shrine or an altar and its parts and inhabitants
    • incorporate your own mythology in the form of totems, talismans, items from nature, etc.
    • build your vision using collage, paper construction, and clay
    • create a container for sacred objects
    All levels of clay experience welcome. To sign up or for more info, contact me sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.

  • 5-Day Workshop: Totems, Stacking Totems & Narrative Clay Sculpture

    A totem is one or more objects that helps tell the story of an individual or group. Totems, like shrines and other empowered objects, are a way to zero in on what inspires you or is meaningful. In this workshop, we will employ exercises such as collage on paper and sketching in clay to collect and play with images, ideas, stories, forms and surfaces that you might want to incorporate. From these source materials, we 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 are 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 a couple of approaches to stacking totems that are key to the design process. Some handbuilding experience is helpful, but not required.
    More at saraswink.com/section/453712-TOTEM-WORK…
    Next workshop: July 15-19, 2020, 5 days, 10 am–4 pm (plus open studio hours) at my West Linn studio. $495 includes materials and bisque firing. Get yourself on the list by emailing sara.swink@gmail.com.

  • Featured at Guardino Gallery

    In May 2020, I will be showing my new ceramic work along with Alison O'Donoghue's paintings. Guardino is one of my favorites in Portland--so many good artists, such interesting pairings! Donna gave me my first gallery show when I moved to Portland. That was in 2007. It was one of the biggest thrills of my life. The opening will be the last Thursday in April and the show will run through May 26.

  • Featured at Sidestreet Arts in Portland

    Printmaker Gail Owen and I will be showing together for the month of September 2020. Sidestreet Arts is a sweet space full of good things. Opening first Friday of the month. 140 SE 28th Ave. in Portland. https://www.sidestreetarts.com

  • Studio Classes

    Saturday, Monday 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.
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 pm.
    sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.
    $135 for 4 classes includes clay, glazes and firing. Use them anytime.
    ($35/one class includes materials and firing; $13.50/hr studio time)

  • My Piece Used for SAI Ad

    My Piece Used for SAI Ad

    My piece, Storyteller, was featured in this ad that ran in Willamette Week to promote the Sitka Art Invitational, held in November. The SAI event is one of my favorite shows, featuring the highest quality works by over 140 local artists. It happens the first weekend of November. Read about it here: www.sitkacenter.com/4-1-12.html

  • Featured in Books

    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