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Crafting Beauty: An Interview with Sarah Billingham

Discover the beauty and craftsmanship of Redland Pottery, where each piece tells a unique story crafted by Sarah's skilled hands.

A selection of Sarahs blue pottery displayed on a distressed dresser

Meet Sarah Billingham, the creative force behind Redland Pottery. In this exclusive interview, Sarah shares insights into her journey as a potter, her inspirations, and the joys and challenges of working with clay.

How did you start your pottery journey?

I started by attending pottery evening classes, which sparked my passion for working with clay.

How long have you been creating?

I've been crafting pottery for 32 years now.

Did you pursue any specific courses or qualifications?

Yes, I completed a ceramics degree at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Selection of Sarahs milk jugs in shades of blue

What has your creative journey been like so far?

It's been a joy to make a living from something I love. There have been financial challenges, but staying true to my creative vision while meeting customer demands has kept me going.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I find inspiration in everyday objects and the desire to enhance them. Customer requests often spark new ideas or product ranges.

What's your preferred medium?

Clay is my favourite medium to work with.

Do you have a favourite subject to represent?

I love representing trees in my pottery.

Where do you work?

I work in my cellar at home, where I have my pottery studio.

Have there been any significant turning points in your career?

Joining The Artists' Gallery cooperative in 2019 was transformative. It allowed me to experiment with new designs and be more creative in a gallery setting.

A selection of storage jars and coasters with a tree design

Any highlights or disasters?

Selling my first pot to a non-family member was a significant highlight. Pottery is full of learning experiences, and every little disaster teaches me something new.

What do you listen to while you work?

I often listen to Radio 4 and occasionally podcasts to keep me company while I work.

What's your preferred working time?

I'm most productive in the morning but can work any time of the day if needed.

Do you have a daily routine?

I aim to create 10 items every day, which helps me maintain a steady production flow.

What would your ideal creative day look like?

A morning of throwing pottery on the wheel, followed by a peaceful walk in the countryside, and then an afternoon of painting.

What's in your mug when you're working?

Tea is my go-to drink while working.

Do you have a favourite snack?

I love munching on chocolate digestives while I work.

Where can we find more of your work?

Explore Sarah's creations on her website and social media channels:

And of course in The Artists Gallery where you can meet also meet Sarah in person.

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I love Sarah's work which is beautiful and very practical for every day use!

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