• 3-Day Workshop: Create A Personal Shrine

    A 3-Day Workshop to Honor Spirit Through Artmaking
    Saturday–Monday, May 25-27, 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.

  • Featured Artist July at Hoffman Arts Center in Manzanita

    Come to charming Manzanita on the Oregon coast where I'll be the featured artist during the month of July 2019. Opening reception July 6th and runs through July 27. In conjunction with my workshop at Hoffman, July 18-19. hoffmanarts.org

  • 2-Day Creative Process Workshop at HCA in Manzanita

    Creative endeavors raise questions like “What should I make?” “What do I have to say in my work?” and “How shall I say it?” Clay artist Sara Swink will introduce an approachable methodology that she relies on in her own work for exploring artistic vocabulary and cultivating personal style. Beginning with guided exercises in collage, doodling and clay, some discussion of the creative process and common obstacles, the workshop culminates in an image journal, clay sketches and ways to keep moving forward. Set aside what you know or what you don’t know about technique: this workshop is for complete beginners and experienced artists alike. Be prepared to come out of the workshop with a blast of creative momentum.
    July 18 & 19, 2019, 10-4:30. Contact Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita for info and registration. hoffmanarts.org

  • Featured Artist August at Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland

    My new work along with the paintings of Alison O'Donoghue will be featured during the month of August in Hanson Howard Gallery's 40th year! Friday, August 2nd is the art walk opening. Runs through Sept 3rd. www.hansonhowardgallery.com

  • Process Saturdays monthly workshops

    If you've taken one or more of my workshops, you've been introduced to collage and doodling as tools to develop your clay work.
    I'm offering a monthly Saturday workshop that pick up where the two-day workshop leaves off, giving you a chance to process your collage work more deeply, understand what the doodle has to offer, really look at and cultivate your vocabulary and style, and use these and other explorations to deepen your clay work and potentially develop a new body of work.
    The day includes one or more exercises, lots of hands-on work; some discussion & processing, and as you wish, one-on-one time with me looking at what's happening. You will leave with images on paper or in clay, inspiration and momentum so that you can work on pieces either in studio classes or in your own studio before the next Saturday workshop.
    Limited to a small group so that we can enjoy a focused, respectful, safe space with a minimum of chit chat and distraction.
    One Saturday each month, 10 to 3:30, plus open studio time until 5pm. In my West Linn studio. $75 includes materials and firing. (If you're an ongoing student here, you can use two studio classes to cover the fee.)
    Upcoming dates: May 18, June 15
    Prerequisite: These sessions are only for those who have taken one or more workshops from me and who want to dig deeper using that methodology.

  • 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?
    August 9–13, 10 am–4 pm (plus open studio hours) at my West Linn studio. $495 includes materials and bisque firing.

  • Portland Open Studios 2019

    Tour dates: October 12-13 & 19-20 (10am-5pm). About 100 juried artists open their studios to the public. portlandopenstudios.com
    This year: Five artists at one location! Here at my studio: 461 SW Alderwood Dr. in West Linn
    Susan Borger, Tamae Frame, June Haddox, Sally Squire and Sara Swink.
    Join us for a SPECIAL PREVIEW and get a head start on the PDXOS tour: Friday, October 11, noon to 5pm.
    |5 Artists 1 Location - Portland Open Studios|

  • Two-Day Creative Process Workshop

    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. More at saraswink.com/section/281230-2-Day-Crea?
    Need more info? Contact me at sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480. Next one in my studio will be Saturday and Sunday of MLK birthday weekend, January 18-19, 2020.

  • Featured Artist at Sidestreet Arts in Portland

    September 2020 with Gail Owen. Check back for details.

  • 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)

  • Now at THE ART SPIRIT GALLERY IN Coeur d'Alene

  • Ceramics Show + Sale at Clay Circle Studio

    Our 8th Annual. First weekend of December
    In 2018 we had 12 artists including guest artists Alison O'Donoghue, Ann Munson and Susan Borger. Stay tuned for the 2019 event.
    461 SW Alderwood Dr. in West Linn. 971-271-0480

  • 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