Sarah German earned an Art: Studio degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006 with emphases in ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. It is the combination of these mediums that led to her current work. Sarah creates work for exhibitions, galleries, and festivals and has been featured in multiple publications including Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and 500 Teapots: Volume 2. Sarah has lived in Austin for 10 years and is also the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Dougherty Arts Center.
Sarah's work is an exploration in function, form, texture, and color. She creates functional pottery that is primarily wheel-thrown and then altered to its finished form. The work is decorated using ceramic underglazes and direct and indirect printmaking techniques. Occasionally the imagery used in her decoration is subject based, but most often it is a repetitive pattern used as two-dimensional texture to enhance the smooth surfaces of the work.
Sarah's pieces are intended for everyday use, but it is important to her that they reach outside the boundaries established by today's culture of mass production. Using a handmade piece of pottery on a daily basis allows for a more personal and unique experience that is a result of skill and craftsmanship, which tend to be absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing. It creates a personal connection between the artist and the user.