SARAH GUPPY – AUCKLAND CLAY ARTIST & POTTER
"Everyday working is a form of prayer" Kanjiro Kawai
Sarah Guppy creates one-off hand-decorated ceramic domestic ware and hand-built sculptures. Her primary materials are earthenware and raku clay. Recently she has been experimenting with slip casting.
Working in clay gives me the ability to paint and decorate in three dimensions.
Decoration is important to me, it equates with dressing the form. Using slips and under glazes I paint images of animals, still life images and patterns inspired by nature.
A commission to hand-build a kea bird inspired me to explore this area in more depth. I have since developed a series of hand-built candlesticks using pairs of owls, tuis and moreporks (New Zealand’s native owls), keas, doves and lovebirds.
My claywork is available for sale from the following New Zealand retail outlets:
Annex, 63 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead gift shop, Monte Cecilia Park, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland
Visual Culture Gallery, 108 Oriental Parade, Wellington
I am also available for private commissions, including special occasion gifts.