Homo Faber

PRESS EN Languages Account Follow us Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter
|
Presented by logo Homo Faber by Michelangelo Foundation
Explore Discover Visit Experience Itineraries About
©Sara Dodd
©Sara Dodd
©Sara Dodd
©Sara Dodd
©Sara Dodd

Sara Dodd

  • Ceramicist
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Rising Star
Sara Dodd Ceramicist
©Sara Dodd

Wafer-thin ceramics

  • • Sara was born in Wales
  • • She apprenticed for ceramicist Kate Malone
  • • She has a BA in Ceramics from Cardiff Metropolitan University

When one looks at the pieces Welsh-born Sara Dodd creates, it’s hard to believe that they are ceramics, so masterful and distinctive is her creative approach. Sara uses slip, liquid clay, to paint and create wafer-thin ceramic pieces. Afterwards, by repetition, the artisan transforms the porcelain into sculptures and wall-based installations. Her works are often unglazed and so the colour pigments are added into the clay body itself by hand before she can begin using them. This unconventional approach is what makes Sara Dodd’s ceramics truly special. She strives to capture freedom and individuality in her pieces, to seize a moment in time. Sara’s work is a frequent guest at international exhibitions like New York Ceramics and Glass Fair and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Read the full interview

Works

  • ©Sara Dodd
  • ©Sara Dodd
  • ©Sara Dodd
  • ©Sara Dodd
  • ©Sara Dodd
Photo: ©Sara Dodd
Journey

A wall-hung sculpture created from porcelain and mounted in a hand-painted white tray frame. Around 400 individual porcelain layers have been assembled to create Journey. A deep blue slip contrasts the pure white and creates two triangles, drawing the viewer's eye to the centre of the piece.

Length 43 cm
Width 26 cm
Height 4 cm

Photo: ©Sara Dodd
Flight

This wall-mounted porcelain piece is inspired by photographs of the sky in the early morning. The colours and patterns in the sky are replicated here by nine shades of blue and grey pigments. Flight was shortlisted for the International Kogei Awards in 2020 and exhibited in Japan.

Length 93 cm
Width 33 cm
Height 3 cm

Photo: ©Sara Dodd
Decipher

Thin ribbons of white porcelain are hand rolled and cover the entire surface of this wall-hung artwork.The lengths are applied not following a design or pattern but instead allowing Dodd to work in a meditative state and letting her hands work intuitively.

Height 3 cm
Diameter 30 cm

Photo: ©Sara Dodd
Achill Sky Study II

Inspired by a trip to Ireland, this piece features an early dawn landscape as dew and mist rise off distant mountains. Its location, Achill, is significant for Dodd and holds historic family ties. The artwork uses three shades of deep blue stain to contrast with the pure white porcelain and wooden white tray frame.

Length 25 cm
Width 25 cm
Height 4 cm

Photo: ©Sara Dodd
Swell

Swell is constructed with Dodd’s signature wafer-thin layers. Containing roughly 200 in total, the piece is split into quarters with each section flowing in an alternative direction. This limited edition piece is wall-hung and was featured in the 2017 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London.

Length 20 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 3 cm

You may also like

Download the app

Find all the Homo Faber Guide content at hand, save, like and much more!