Sarah Jewell Olsen is an artist working in Vancouver, Washington. Originally from Alaska, she has recently spent time as the Education Manager with Belger Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been a Red Star Artist in Residence at Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, Missouri and an Artist in Residence at Chautauqua Institution in New York. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009 and her MFA from West Virginia University in 2014. Her exhibitions include national and international venues including the Hangzhuo Ceramic Exposition in Hangzhuo, China, Artist Image Resource in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Maryland and Radius Gallery in Missoula, Montana.
I make utilitarian pots with a design aesthetic. The practical beauty of my work is intended to overpower the mundane, mass-produced objects, and enrich experiences. Through thoughtful craftsmanship, I intend to communicate the importance, permanence, and necessity of my pots. I make artwork that speaks to the daily attempt at seeking to belong in a space, informed by facets of design, historical ornamentation, and Modernism.