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Sarah Christie graduated from BA Ceramic Design in 2016. She is interested in giving voice through ceramics. She utilises clay’s place in everyday life with a political charge to engage audiences.
Why did you study at CSM?
CSM has the only ceramics BA in London, and so maybe it chose me! But I was also excited to be in a school with so many other creative disciplines going on around my own subject, and that dynamism had huge appeal for me.
What are your best memories of studying at CSM?
Going in early and having quiet time in the workshop; being surrounded by a fantastic, smart and engaged group of people all overflowing with ideas;
What is your worst memory of studying at CSM?
The many moments of lingering self-doubt.
At college, who made a lasting impression on you?
Realising early in the first year that ceramics could be about ideas as much as it could be about objects. It seems obvious to me now, but in those first weeks, Duncan Hooson really opened my eyes to the possibilities of ceramics, clay, and the many different paths that could be carved out with this material.
How do you perceive the value of ceramics?
The value of ceramics is perhaps in its ability to be anything from the everyday to the unique. For me, the value lies in the ability to use it to tell stories and as a medium of creative expression.
What excites you about ceramics today?
I am really exited to see ceramics being interpreted in many different contexts, and confronting ideas and big questions. I also see clay as a political material; it’s entirely everyday and even potentially banal, yet at the same time it carries messages of protest, allegiance, past and present narratives. That’s one of the things I am interested in getting at.
What do you see in the discipline’s future?
I really hope that we will see more young people having the opportunity to work with clay at school, even though it’s hard to be hopeful of that at the moment. Which is why I also hope that we will continue to find ways to provide adult education opportunities to allow wider access to ceramics to anyone. On the cliff edge of Brexit, it seems that, we will all need to fight harder for those opportunities.
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