Meet The Maker – Sarah McDade

Sarah McDade - Hebden Bridge ceramicist

Sarah McDade - Hebden Bridge ceramicist

Sarah is a member of the Linden Arts Group situated in Linden Mill, Hebden Bridge and supplies a few galleries with her work – Heart Gallery is proud to be one of Sarah’s chosen stockists for her hand built sculptures.

One of Sarah's many stoneware heads.

One of Sarah's many stoneware heads.

Sarah has been making ceramic heads and figures for over 20 years, and has established a reputation for high quality work. Inspired by the creative possibilities when building the human form in clay, ideas are developed from observation, drawings, sketches and photographs.

Alex

Alex

Sarah’s stoneware figures and heads are colourful male and female character heads and serene female figures with brushed and sponged decoration.

Beryl

Beryl

All Sarah’s figures are individually hand built using a grogged clay, which allows for strength in the building process, but also has the finer qualities needed for detail. Sarah decorates with underglaze colours and oxides, which are often enhanced by repeated firings.

Gertrude

Gertrude

Sarah hand sculpts each piece individually, but designs are repeatable and available in a range of colour options.

Andy

Andy

Hamish

Hamish

Sarah has extensive experience in the organisation and running of a broad range of workshops, educational projects and residencies – including primary and secondary schools, after school clubs, adult education and teacher training initiatives. Projects are usually planned in co-operation with clients and can incorporate core studies and special interests. Supply of clay and materials together with firing facilities can be included, if required. Over the years, Sarah has also arranged numerous public workshops at galleries and community centres around the North of England.

Maisie

Maisie

Sarah has recently produced a new range of small pieces in black or terracotta clay.

Terracotta earth piece.e.

Terracotta earth piece.

Simple coiled or slab-built shapes forming heads of figures are incised with lines or patterns, and these are filled with contrasting pale colour.

Black earth piece.

Black earth piece.

The terracotta range highlights the fluid shapes and stylised curves of the female form and are defined with incised lines, together with strong colours to contrast with the clay body.

Black earth piece.

Black earth piece.

Sarah’s work sits well in Heart Gallery and this year she will also be exhibiting at the following events:

19th – 21st November: Linden Arts Group exhibition at the Arts festival shop, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge.

6th Nov – 8th Jan: ‘Kaleidoscope Christmas Exhibition’ at The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe.

Danny

Danny

Although this little chappie is called Danny …  I’m sure by big chappie, Bart, modelled for this one!!

Bart at Filey!

Bart at Filey!

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