Sarah Perry British, b. 1945
‘I am a potter because I enjoy the basic feel of clay – its versatility and the actual making process. Its type of plasticity is not found in any other medium; it can be stopped at any point and made permanent by firing, rather like the stones under one’s feet.’
Sarah Perry trained at Camberwell Art School in the sixties, where she was taught and influenced most by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper. She gained a BA Hons in Ceramics.
Driven by her passion for clay, the inspiration for her wheel-thrown or slab-built works comes from seascapes and landscapes, and textures found in nature. Intensely coloured matt glazes of blue, turquoise, purple, pink and green overlap on simple forms to make vibrant seascapes and cool landscapes. Some pieces are decorated with coloured and metallic lustre glazes. Fired in an oxidising atmosphere to stoneware temperature 1260˚C.
In the late seventies Sarah lived and worked in Argentina, exhibiting in Buenos Aires in-between journeys around South America. During the nineties her work was sold at Liberties, Heals, and The Conran Shops in London, Paris and Tokyo. After this, her work slowly took on the 'sea palette', renewing her love of Cornwall, particularly the artistic legacy of St Ives.
In 1995, a piece of her work was auctioned at the American Craft Museum in New York; in 2002 she was commissioned to make 85 ceramic pieces for the Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados.
Sarah now lives and works in Greenwich, London, a stone's throw from the River Thames, producing work for galleries all over the UK. Sarah is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
RELOCATION11 Sep - 24 Oct 2020The opening collection at our new premises at 22 Fore Street is a changing showcase of artworks by some of the many established and emerging British Artists whom we represent,...
RENEWAL28 Mar - 30 Jun 2020After a long winter of being battered by seemingly constant storms and now the Coronavirus-19 lockdown, Porthminster Gallery begins its 2020 season of specially-curated seasonal shows with an online exhibition...
ST IVES SUMMER SHOW: 1218 May - 24 Aug 2019Porthminster Gallery in St Ives hosts its summer exhibition of coastal landscape and sea inspired paintings and ceramics by gallery artists Nick Bodimeade, Jenny Hirst, Freya Horsley, Joanne Last, Martyn Perryman, Sarah Perry, Geoffrey Swindell and Jane Muende.
COASTAL RHYTHMSPAINTINGS & CERAMICS BY FOUR ARTISTS 28 Apr - 9 Jun 2018A selling show of new paintings by Angela Charles and Sara Dudman, and new ceramics by Clare Conrad and Sarah Perry, inspired by Cornwall’s changing coastline. The show explores both...
COAST 10: EIGHT ARTISTS AND THE SEA13 May - 10 Jun 2017We are very excited to announce our tenth coastal-themed exhibition 'COAST 10', celebrating the wonderful Cornish coastline through the eyes of eight of your favourite established painters and ceramicists:
St Ives Summer Show 20162 Jul - 3 Sep 2016Summer is finally here in sunny St Ives! Come along and join in the fun at our award-winning beachside gallery to celebrate our sizzling Summer Show. With nostalgia-evoking works about...