Sarah Heimann | Episode 125
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There was this marvelous platter that had fish that were eating one another going around and it was heavily carved. It was in my kitchen at Watershed, so I saw that for two years before I went off to grad school. Also, Pete Gorfaine was doing a big Last Supper piece, I was so taken and moved by the work that that stayed in my head as I went to grad school. Probably half way into my first year I started doing sgraffito, I did this piece and I thought, that’s kind of beautiful and things grew from there.
The tools that I love for carving are the cheap wood-cut tools. They are for printmaking. I can do almost anything with those. Over the years, of course, I have more tools than that. I often need a very specific tool.
WHAT PART OF THE PROCESS DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?
I like it all. I mean I love the carving, but I love throwing. I mean ,I don’t have to throw.No, I don’t adore rewiring my kiln, but I actually kind of do love that too. I like it all.
Oh, I hope not. Thank God I do have some pieces where I think, that was good, but no, it’s always the next piece. I mean, that’s why I keep doing this. That’s what I love about this, is that I can get better.
HOW DOES A PERSON GAIN CONFIDENCE TO ASK A FAIR PRICE AND TO MAKE PROFIT OFF OF THEIR WORK?
What a good question. When I figure that out, I will let you know. I think it is something that potters in general wrestle with. Especially potters who do not have a back up.
I don’t know, I guess I’m not someone who thinks very much in terms of mistakes because I have learned something from everything I’ve done. I mean there are certain small shows that I have done that I would not do again, but I had to do them to find out. It is a good question, I hate to say it, but I would probably do everything that I have done, just because this is a pretty good place I am in right now.
WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE SOMEONE GAVE YOU?
Someone said to me, keep your costs down and then you can do it. That was probably the best advice I have ever gotten because it has allowed me to keep making even during lean times.
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