Sarah is a ceramic artist native to Oregon. She followed a winding path through geochemistry, farming, outdoor education and guiding, and nearly went to architecture school. In 2015, Sarah landed back at her most addictive and inspired hobby, ceramics. After a year and a half of graduate studies at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Sarah started Wolf Ceramics in 2016 and began producing work out of her NW Portland studio.
WORKING WITH CLAY
Sarah enjoys the physicality of working with clay as well as the design process and the satisfaction of creating goods that will be used by her friends and community.
INSPIRED BY COMMUNITY
In starting her business, Sarah worried she might find herself lonely, working alone in the studio every day. Soon she discovered the opposite was true! Producing ceramics has been a constant source of fruitful collaborations and connections with other small business. As the business has grown, Sarah has built a team of four people working together to hand throw, glaze, pack and ship ceramic orders all around Oregon and throughout the US. As repeat customers have become friends and friends have become customers, the web of community and connection feels stronger and stronger.
Working as a team
As Wolf Ceramics has grown and changed, Sarah’s values remain steadfast. We are here to make goods that we are proud of, both for their function and their beauty. We want to make goods that our customers will find joy in using for years to come and we had better have fun while doing it. A commitment to fair and caring work environment is at the core of Sarah’s philosophy. The price points of our handmade ceramics are dictated by carefully calculating the time and energy that go into each piece, supporting a fair and decent wage for all of our team members.
Founder and creator of Wolf Ceramics. Once a solo studio potter and now the happy leader of a team, Sarah splits her time between production, design, and all the nitty gritty logistics of running a business. She enjoys making goods that will be well used by her friends and community, and she values time spent in the mountains just as much as a day’s work in the studio. Sarah loves running her own business because it allows the freedom to constantly try new ideas, knowing that some will succeed and some will fail, and that’s ok!
Carson Culp is a self taught ceramic artist who has gained his experience through the doing. He has been working in production pottery since 2016 where he trained at the Leach Pottery for one year. Carson then went on to Japan for a summer to work in the town of Mashiko at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art. Carson has been a potter at Wolf Ceramics since 2018. He currently resides in SW Portland where he has his own personal studio. You can find his work here.