Stunning Contemporary Art in Marvellous Montpellier

Sarah Rooms-Heaphy

Sarah studied Fashion & Textiles, obtaining a BA (Hons) in Embroidery at Nottingham University, followed by a City & Guilds Part 1 in Creative Studies (Ceramics) in which she was Highly Commended. 

Sarah specialises in hand-made primarily porcelain vessels, inspired by nature, these works are crafted using paper clay. She spends time collecting shells, ammonites and leaves to use in pieces inspired by the sea and coastline. These are used to make plaster moulds to create relief images. The textural work is hand built and then decorated with delicate washes of colours and oxides to heighten the design, whilst some are left plain and rely on sunlight and candle light to shine through their porcelain translucency. 

Although now living in Hertfordshire, Sarah’s work is based on observations of the Jurassic Coast of East Devon, combining textures to represent this unique landscape. Her work is most notably being featured in the British Museum’s Ice Age Art exhibition.

Sarah says of her work, "My work is primarily porcelain based, including the use of paper clay to enable me to use very thinly rolled pieces of clay. I spend time collecting shells, ammonites, leaves and all sorts of textures to use in my pieces; which are then made into plaster moulds to create relief images, plus drawing into plaster for decoration on the vessels. The white porcelain vessels are washed with delicate colours to enhance the images & texture.“

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