Our Story

THE BEGINNING

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.


Read moire about how Sarah started Wolf Ceramics and whats next for the business!

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.

The Team

Sarah Wolf

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!


Sam Schrott

Sam is a potter and a sculptor. He is a skilled potter on our production team and also takes care of our equipment and works to keep us on top of all of the many technical problems that come with making ceramics. We're lucky to have him!

Joey Rose Cardoso

Joey Rose is an artist who's personal work is mostly in the realm of leather and fiber arts. At Wolf Ceramics, Joey Rose is in charge of glazing and shipping, among many other things. She makes this studio run smoothly!

Peter Skutt

Peter is an art therapy grad student and a skilled potter. We're grateful to have him in the studio two days a week while he pursues his degree!

Audrey Barrett

Audrey is interning with us during her last semester in the U of O product design program. She's working in the studio and also helping create 3d models of our dinnerware shapes for future projects. Audrey's way more technologically advanced than the rest of us and we're fortunate to have her!

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