Sarah Jenkinshas been making ceramics for over thirty years.
She is based in a north Essex village and her direct connection to the landscape is very important to her work.
'I want the work itself to be the most eloquent of artists' statements. I find I am not good at pinning down what I do with words. I feel I am on a search, my quarry is elusive, intuition is more helpful in this territory of analysis'
A key influence is the land around where Sarah lives, where she was born, to which she feels attached. However, although ever-present, sometimes this aspect can be more subliminal or oblique. Ceramics is Sarah's dominant medium. She paints sometimes, and has recently completed the first of a series of bronzes.
Sarah's journey has been unconventional, and includes: leaving her Fine Art degree; a long period working as a plasterer in the building trade; adult education classes; clay work with people with mental health problems; a lot of experimentation, including building more than one studio and raku kilns and a sabbatical in a Cape Town ceramic studio where Sarah was able to focus on consolidating technique.
Sarah's ceramics are always hand built and fired several times. Currently, she likes to use simple slips and oxides with scant use of glaze.