Christmas Blue Magpie – Artist Profile: Sarah Nicol

Sarah Nicol and Peter O’Neil work together on these functional decorated ceramics from their home and studio at Earls Croome House.

Peter set up his first pottery in 1993 in Cornwall; he works mostly in white earthenware, which Sarah decorates, and in raku, which he glazes, and fires dramatically in their pottery workshop garden.

Sarah has a BA (hons) in surface pattern from SCAT in Taunton 1996 and then an MA in textiles from Bath in 2008, she uses these skills to paint the pots Peter makes her.

They set up at Earls Croome in 2009 with Sarah painting the simple folk art designs with unglazed coloured slips onto the claycreating a fabric like feel that echoes the embroidered wool and linen of the textile pieces that inspired them.

In 2016 saw a new fish collection. A lifelong love of drawing and embroidering fish meant it came naturally to develop. Unlike the Folk Art range they have a glossy transparent glaze bringing life to shoals of fish swimming in swirling cobalt blue on mugs, jugs, bowls and vases. A final firing with gold lustre adds life to the pieces that don’t need to go in the dishwasher.

Sarah will be at the market on Saturday only.

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