Sarah Walton Saltglaze Pottery
Sarah Walton is a potter who lives and works in Alciston, near Lewes, East Sussex, England.
She has run a pottery there since 1975 using a large oil-fired saltglaze kiln.
She studied Fine Art at Chelsea from 1960-64 and Studio Pottery at Harrow from 1971-73.
Sarah acknowledges a debt to mediaeval pots, the arts of Mesopotamia and South-East Asia, to Neolithic Art, to Western Painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, poetry, wit, philosophy and religion, and to innumerable people through the years, especially Weislaw Pilawski and Irene Milburn.
Landscape is a theme in her work. She has walked, drawn and painted it since childhood and this lies behind her evolution of birdbaths which she has made since 1984. Her ceramics are represented in 13 museums in the UK and she has won 5 awards. Her work can be bought at The Penwith Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall.
Her studio gallery is open most weekdays, 11am - 5pm. If you are coming a long way and/or wish to call on a weekend please telephone first on 01323 811517.
Grew up and was educated in London
Chelsea Art School (Painting)
Middlesex Hospital, London (SRN)
Harrow Art School (Harrow Diploma in Studio Pottery)
Apprenticeships with David Leach and Zelda Mowat
Set up her own studio at Alciston, Sussex where she works as a potter, using a saltglaze kiln.
Crafts Council Grant to establish a workshop
South East Arts Bursary Award
John Ruskin Craft Bursary
South East Arts Major Award
South East Arts Award
Work in Public Collections
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Crafts Council, London
Contemporary Arts Society, London
South East Arts Collection, Hove Museum, Sussex
Castle Museum, Nottingham
Crafts Centre, Northern Arts, Cleveland
Norwich Museum, Norfolk
City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Newport Museum, Gwent, Wales
Arts Centre, University of South Wales, Aberystwyth
Paisley Museum, Scotland
Glasgow Museum, Scotland
Allen Gallery, Alton, Hampshire
Work may be seen on the following databases and Internet:
Crafts Council Index, London
Craftsmen Potters Association of Great Britain
Here are some of her latest pieces for sale:
It is often in a dormant Winter garden that these pieces look their best. Their fabric is Saltglazed ceramic which makes them quite un-porous. Should the water in them freeze, their upper forms are such it has room to expand outwards and upwards.