About The Artist
Sarah Carlile is an art educator, based in Denton Texas, studying art education and ceramics at the University of North Texas. Sarah has experience with a wide variety of mediums including instillation, printmaking, and painting. She plans to teach ceramics at the high school level post graduation.
Her preferred medium within her own work is ceramics. Her current body of work is a series of functional ware pieces dealing with surface treatment. Many of her pieces include additive or reductive work, underglaze painting, screen-printed underglaze, and small sculptural additions. Much of Sarah's work, including her current series, has a monochromatic color palettes to accentuate her use of texture and pattern.
In 2018 the artist had her sculpture "In Full Bloom" (right) on exhibit at the UNT Union Gallery as well as the Cora Stafford Gallery. She Attended a week long workshop with artist Wayne White and had her sculpture from that displayed at the UNT on the Square Gallery. In 2017 she was awarded the Stephen Kramer Memorial Scholarship for her design work. In 2019 she attended the NCECA conference in Minneapolis Minnesota, and in 2018 she attended the TAEA conference in McAllen Texas.
Bees are an iconic symbol of springtime; flowers, vibrancy, and an opportunity to start anew. For me bees represent new beginnings. I continue to incorporate them into my work to remind myself to keep moving forward.
With my current body of work I explore surface design on a variety of functional wares. I work with a limited color palette of yellows and oranges, and I combine surface treatments from screen printing to slip inlay. There is an overarching theme of geometry in my work, specifically using hexagons and the honeycomb pattern. These patterns bring me back to my interest in bees and their iconography. I am interested in the ways these geometric shapes interact next to an on top of each other. I strive to create interesting patterns from these simple shapes.
My work has been exhibited several times including at the UNT on the Square Gallery, the Cora Stafford Gallery, and Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery.