• Portland Open Studios 2019

    Five artists at one location!
    SPECIAL PREVIEW Friday, October 11, noon to 5pm.
    Tour dates: October 12-13 & 19-20 (10am-5pm)
    Here at my studio: 461 SW Alderwood Dr. in West Linn
    Five artists: 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.
    Visit our Facebook page: |5 Artists 1 Location - Portland Open Studios|
    Hand-built and sculptural ceramic figures, one-of-a-kind abstract ceramic and mixed media sculpture, wall compositions and pottery, plus a textile artist specializing in art quilts and 3D constructions. Artists demonstrate techniques for forming and surface decoration and share their processes. A VAST selection of works for sale, all sizes and prices.
    Over 100 juried artists open their studios to the public October 12-13 & 19-20 (10am-5pm). portlandopenstudios.com

  • Sitka Art Invitational

    One of my favorite art shows takes place November 2 & 3, 2019 at the World Forestry Center.

  • Ceramics Show + Sale at Clay Circle Studio

    Our 8th Annual. First weekend of December.
    About a dozen artists including guest artists Gia Whitlock, Stan Peterson, June Haddox and Susan Borger. Stay tuned for the 2019 event.
    461 SW Alderwood Dr. in West Linn. 971-271-0480. Get on the email list: eepurl.com/oElav

  • 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.

  • *Portrait in Clay Workshop with Kendall Jones*

    Feb 29 & March 1, 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: Summer 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 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)

  • 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