Sarah Dunstan


Sarah Dunstan's Bio

After graduating from Cardiff, Sarah returned to her native Cornwall where she established her first pottery in St. Ives, in 1993.

For the past twelve years she has worked from the Gaolyard Studios, founded by ex-Leach potter John Bedding.  Sarah is a Fellow of the CPA and has exhibited widely. Her work has appeared in many publications and she has participated in ceramics and art fairs both here and in Europe.

Using flat sheets of stoneware clay as a canvas, Sarah paints the surface with coloured slips, and then applies intricate ‘fretwork’ patterns, individually carved from a thin layer of porcelain.  No stencils are used, instead every design is hand drawn and then hand cut from the porcelain sheet before being transferred to the prepared slab in a unique process Sarah has perfected over many years.  The decorated sheets are assembled to create the finished form.  Joins are left as raw seams and the surface is treated to create the final distinctive patina.