This holiday season we are happy to feature the work of artist and designer, Sarah Mitchell-Davison of ARC ceramics. Striking a balance between fine art and relevant design, Sarah's work combines sculptural elements with regard to minimalism and functionality.
Sarah was kind enough to give us a virtual visit into her creative process and what inspires her.
IntroductionSarah Mitchell-Davison; founder of Arc Ceramics. I work and design out of my own studio in the remote hamlet of West Kill within the Catskill Mountains. We were based in Ft Greene Brooklyn for 14 plus years and decided to make the leap from part time to full time residents about three years ago. We love it up here and feel really lucky to be part of this community.
How long have you been making ceramics?
What inspires you creatively?Lately I've really been into interior design books from the 1960's and 70's. It's so rich in organic shapes, textured and muted tones. At the same time I'm fascinated by the almost rigid minimalistic structures from the Bauhaus era.
Environment and surroundings are definitely fundamental elements to my creative inspiration. I love where we live and much of my work is directly inspired by nature. The boulders and rocks in a nearby creek spawned a new body of abstract hand-built work.
I often like to work in a series. Starting with designing on paper, sketching out all variations, before realizing concepts in clay. I love the creative concept process watching it evolve from piece to piece.
Your work combines sculptural elements with a regard for minimalism and functionality. How does this inform other elements of your personal style?
This year marked our 20th Anniversary! You've been in the industry and around Coclico for many years, do you have a favorite memory of Coclico; or any timeless styling advice you'd like to share with our followers?
This holiday season looks different than past years. Have you found that your creative process has changed because of how our daily lives have changed?
What are your favorite holiday rituals?
Since many of our family members are spread out these days, the traditions have had to evolve over the years. Some years everyone in the family is together, others we celebrate on a more intimate scale. No matter where we are, cooking a big dinner and sharing stories is the one thing that comes closest to a tradition.
With our move upstate we started a new ritual, tree cutting (on our property). We put on our hiking boots and go in search of the perfect little tree. And in the spring time we plant tree seedlings to renew the growth of our woods.
This holiday season shop our selection of ARC ceramics.