About Sage Ceramics
My name is Yvonne Kirk and I first fell in love with ceramics in 2006 whilst living in Perth, Western Australia, where I attended a course, “A Year in Clay”, at Fremantle Arts Centre. I continued my new found passion on my return to the UK and now work from my studio in the garden of our cottage in the pretty village of Storrington, just under the South Downs. I am a mother of 4 children and 2 step-children (all grown up now)and have recently become a Granny for the first time. Life is great!
I work with white earthenware and stoneware clays, using both throwing and hand building techniques to produce functional ware and decorative pieces; I then decorate these by hand. My designs are simple, fresh and uncomplicated, and combine my other love of drawing and painting with the pots I create.
I find inspiration from so many things around me – walks along the South Downs, my garden, local flora and fauna, seasons, countryside, coast…..life in general really! I find all elements involved in the creation of a piece from the initial design process, working with the clay to make a pot, on through first firing, decorating and glazing, followed by the final firing, totally absorbing and therefore very therapeutic. There is a wonderfully slow rhythm involved with the whole process – you cannot rush any part, so a lot of patience is required to avoid disasters! My ceramics are an integral part of my life and I am constantly seeking to improve and develop my skills as a ceramicist.