A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing ceramics artist Sarah Gutierrez at her studio in the Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA) in Southern California. Sarah is wild about pottery. It’s definitely her thing. She works from two studios, and is an artist in residence at AMOCA. That means she gets her own private studio space, and buyers of fine pottery seek out her work and snap it up!
Sarah is a Pasadena native, and discovered her passion for working with clay in 2000. Her work is heavily inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, which can be found all around the Pasadena area, and is most notably represented by the iconic Green and Green Brothers Gamble House, where Sarah’s work can be purchased at the Gamble House bookstore.
Gamble House - Pasadena, CA
If you are not lucky enough to be in Pasadena, you can also see Sarah’s work on her website, Sassafrass Pottery
and on her Facebook Page
. Watching Sarah throw a pile of clay on a wheel and transform it into a beautiful vase was an inspiring experience. There was no question that she is obsessed with her thing, and has become a masterful artist.
One of the greatest reasons for exploring the things we love is being able to get a glimpse into the hearts of others. We cross pollinate, and our enthusiasm enriches those near us. I know that I will never be a potter, but watching Sarah work made me appreciate the artistry involved. Her excellence made me want to take better photos so that I could communicate her skill and the joy she takes in her work.
So as you are finding your thing take a little time to recognize the things that may not be yours, but that might inspire you to expand your vision. In this way you will begin to build a rich community of friends who take joy in the uniqueness of each other.