Sarah Van Raden- Creator of Notary Ceramics
Photos by Ryan leibl
I began throwing ceramics in college and was absolutely terrible at it. I had a teacher that minimized all of his students and left me feeling discouraged. It took me 10 years to find my way happily back to the wheel. This time the class was filled with people from all ages and walks of life. I instantly fell back in love with clay. I love the way it makes me feel like a child again, carefree and full of possibilities. After throwing very sporadically for about a year I bought my own wheel, saved up for a small kiln, and emptied out my cluttered basement to make way for a studio.
After a 10 year hiatus, and nearly a decade working as a photo stylist, I feel I have found my true talent and passion in creating pottery. The imperfection, the wobbles, the wonkyness, it all works to create a beautiful handmade product that reminds you of the person that spent their time creating it for you to enjoy. My heart is in every piece.