Sarah Walters Sarah Walters
I was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, but moved with my family to the UK when I was nine years old. I completed my Fine Art Sculpture BA at Norwich School of Art and Design in 2001, and then moved back to the Western Cape, to be with my family, who had moved back to South Africa three years earlier. Up until that point my focus had been on sculpture, but on arriving home, and at a loose end, my dad, a professional potter, offered to teach me a skill, the 'art' of throwing. I had never had any interest in ceramics before, but I was instantly hooked, and I have had the honor of being mentored by one of the best potters in South Africa ever since.

I am greatly influenced by my dad's philosophy on life and ceramics. He has taught me about the beauty and strength of the functional pot; the capacity that pots have to sit quietly in our everyday lives and add sparkle to the intimate daily rituals that we perform, like drinking tea from a favorite mug. Our histories and cultures can be tracked, understood and maybe even defined through the pots and fragments of ceramics that have been left behind. It is a long and incredible lineage to be a part of, and I am very proud of the fact that I am a third-generation potter.

In my work I try to balance my two greatest influences, by bringing the sculptural and the functional together. The more technical knowledge I acquire, and the more control I gain over my material, the more boundaries I find to explore. I treat each piece as an individual, my aim being to tread the line between the organic freshness of form in nature and the elegance of form in function.