Sarah had always been interested in art but instead of taking this path after school, she joined the finance industry and worked for 34 years until she was made redundant in 2017. She then took this as an opportunity to go back to school and enrolled at Highlands College on the Foundation Certificate in Art and Design course. It was an inspiration and she decided to see if she could carry on making art and…here she is!
What do you produce?
I make pieces using copper sheet, copper wire and wood and I may also use aluminium. Most of my pieces are inspired by nature, my favourite makes are my mushrooms, to me they are very beautiful.
What’s your style?
I have not really created a style for myself yet, I have only been making pieces for a year and am still trying so many new ideas.
What makes your products unique?
When the copper sheet is heated, you never know what effect this will have on the colour, each piece is therefore totally unique.
What’s a typical day like for your business?
I get up early and usually start working at 7.30am. I will try to work until 11, either cutting out pieces or making up the finished articles, then to the shop to buy dinner, lunch at 12 and then work until 3pm. The rest of the day is free, however I am always thinking of new ideas and have my sketch book handy to jot down images which come to mind.
Best bit of your job?
I am very lucky as I get to use my imagination and am not sitting in front of a computer all day. I can work when I want and if the weather is good, I can go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. I have worked on a couple of commissions and it is a great feeling when you make something and the recipient is really happy.
Where do you work?
I work from home in the garage, (I have a very understanding husband). It is a bit cramped but I do try to move to the garden to do any sanding of my wood pieces.
What’s something people might not know about your products?
The pieces can go outside and the copper will gently weather. The larger mushroom pieces look good on a patio.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am always working on something new, I like to come up with interesting ideas and then try them out. Some work and some don’t!
Where can people buy your products?
My products are available at the Harbour Gallery and you can contact me on Facebook, Instagram or by email on email@example.com