As you all know Sarah Malone was one of the founders of Sale Arts Trail and also opened up her wonderful garden studio with guest exhibitors for the last two years.
Sarah left Sale Arts Trail last year moving on to pastures new. Read all about her new adventures in our last Q&A in the Trail series and also please take the opportunity to visit Sarah’s studio as it will be the last time. Read all about it.
Did you exhibit last year’s SAT?
Yes, my house and studio was one of the venues too. I had some fantastic artists in my home last year, it was a great weekend. As one of the co-founders and co-organisers of Sale Arts Trail, I have taken part in all SAT events since it was first set-up in 2014.
What have you been up to since last year’s trail?
Lots! Since SAT’s Christmas event, I have resigned from being one of the Sale Arts Trails organisers. It was a hard decision to make but a necessary one, as my family and I are in the process of buying an old farmhouse in North Wales. Which means not only moving house but studio as well! So there’s been lots to do and there will be lots more to do once we move – as the property needs a lot of TLC. I think it will be a while before I am up and running in a studio again. We have long term plans of living self-sufficiently and plan to deliver residential art workshops.
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
In September I am taking part in an exhibition called ‘Spoon’ at Jennifer Colliers Gallery, Unit Twelve. So I have recently been studying, drawing and making spoons. I have used porcelain, bamboo and silk threads to create my interpretation of a spoon. See Unit Twelve Gallery website for more details;
What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?
Because of the house move I haven’t really had chance to get in the studio, therefore I plan to sell old samples of my work, alongside some seconds and will also have a small amount of more current work. In other words, they’ll be some bargains to be had! Also on display will be my ‘fish blossom’ vase, which won second prize at the Waterside Arts Centres ‘Open 2016’ exhibition.
What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
I will be opening the doors to my own home and studio for the third and final time. I also have some fabulous makers exhibiting and selling their work here too;
Jane Blease – Lighting & Wall Art
Mia Calderisi – Jewellery
Suzanne Devine – Textiles Leatherwork
Gemma Truman – Glass
What would be your superpower and why?
I would be a time traveller and go back in time, so I could see the faces of the people who first discovered that you could heat clay in fire and then use this hardened material as a functional vessel to cook, drink and eat from.
When you aren’t working what do you do?
Lots! I also work two part-time jobs. Walk our bonkers Springer Spaniel, Ralph. Cater to the needs of our A-Level studying 18-Year-Old Son, Cameron. Do gardening. Do DIY. Spin. Sew (however, I have unfinished cushions sitting on my sofa!) Cook. Clean. And last but not least – drink lots of fizz, craft ales and gin with Frazer and friends.
Tell us something we don’t know.
I am hopefully going to be demonstrating throwing on the wheel during the Sale Art Trail weekend.