"Basically these birdbaths derive from a great love of landscape and the man-made cairns that feature in hills and mountains. Tibetan stupas are cairn-like shrines and I remember also being struck by photos of those. Romanesque fonts and the sculptures of the Romanian artist Brancusi also played a part in their evolution over these last 32 years.
And then there are the painters Masaccio, Giotto, Rembrandt and
Velasquez and European film that I looked at in my teens and 20's.
Why have I responded to these things rather than any other one might ask. Because they've moved me . They've combined gravitas with
tenderness while seeming to lack sentimentality. So I 'use' them to try to express those things myself."
In these pieces Sarah suggests two opposites: a rugged vigour and a sensous tenderness. Hand modelling and the salt kiln firing process ensures each frost proof piece is unique and the colourings cannot be exactly replicated.