• *Portrait in Clay Workshop with Kendall Jones*

    June 27 & 28, 2020, 10am to about 4pm at Clay Circle Studio in West Linn.
    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 $35 materials fee (armature, clay, model). Contact sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480 to sign up.

  • 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.

  • 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.
    Dates tbd, 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…

  • 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. www.sidestreetarts.com

  • Studio Classes

    Saturday, Monday and Tuesday Drop in Classes
    Classes are suspended as of March 15 until we see what happens with the COVID-19 situation.
    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.
    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)

  • We Need Your Old Newspaper, Plastic and Magazines!

    The studio can always use newspaper and your old dry cleaning plastic. I sometimes take clean bubble wrap and plastic packing pouches. We also accept magazines with good quality photography such as National Geographic, art, ceramics, travel, animal, gardening, high-end fashion publications. thanks! sara.swink@gmail.com

  • 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