CERAMICS

JAEGER%2C+SARAH

JAEGER, SARAH
JAEGER, SARAH
MONTANA
Functional pots cohabit our intimate domestic spaces. We experience them with our bodies, our hands and lips as well as our eyes. They can insinuate themselves into our consciousness by many different avenues even when we are not paying attention, and over time pots we use can accrue layers of meaning and association. Functional pots do not need to announce their importance. In fact I believe that it is by not being important (or segregated to a pedestal in a museum) that they can bring the experience of beauty or unexpected pleasure to everyday life.

Despite the material abundance of our culture, it seems to me that we have been impoverished by the disjunction of beauty and handwork from utility that accompanied the industrial revolution and the hourly wage. Since time became a commodity, it doesn’t make sense to make mere dishes by hand, and yet, as the jeweler and writer Bruce Metcalf has said, “handwork makes meaning, not just physical things.”

I am obsessed with making pots that convey a sense of volume, that speak of the capacity to contain and also offer their contents, that express their potential to be useful, generous, and, in a way, luxurious. I choose to work with porcelain, thought to be the most precious of clays, but which is also the most durable. Its whiteness and translucency lend a luminous depth to the glazed surfaces. I use saturated colors and often layer glazes, usually in patterns that repeat themselves loosely and with variation as they wrap themselves like skins around the volumes of the pots.

I want these lustrous surfaces to attract the hand as well as the eye. I want the pots to be both elegant and easy, beautiful and friendly, capable of providing abundant nourishment to our daily lives.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1988-Present
Studio potter, Helena, Montana
2002
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, Spring Semester
2000
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramic Art, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, New York, Fall Semester
1999
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Pomona College, Claremont, California
1985 - 1987
Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
1986
Pottery instructor, Archie Bray Foundation
1983
Pottery instructor, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado

EDUCATION
1983 - 1985
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, B.F.A., Ceramics
1974
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, graduate student at large, classical Greek
1966 - 1970
Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude, English Literature

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
2012
"Throwing, Altering & Glazing for Functional Beauty", Ceramic Arts Daily DVD
2009
Meloy Stevenson Award, Archie Bray Foundation
2007
Craft in America - profile in PBS documentary, accompanied by a traveling exhibition and book
2006
United States Artists Target Fellow
"Thoughts on White Pots", Studio Potter, Vol. 35, No. 1
2004
The Complete Book of High -Fire Glazes, John Britt, Lark Books
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Art Center Purchase Award and Attorneys' Award
2003
A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence, Peter Held, editor, University of Washington Press
The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, Kevin Hluch, Lark Books
Clay Cup VIII, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Juror's Award
2000
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Third Place Award
Clay Times, July, Page 50
1996
Individual Artist Fellowship, Montana Arts Council
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Founder's Award
"A Sense of Connection", Studio Potter, Vol. 24, No. 2
The Best of Pottery, Quarry Books, Rockport, Massachusetts
Artist Profile in High Ground, Moscow, Idaho
1991
Emerging Talent, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
1990
Artist Profile in Artists at Work: Twenty-five Northwest Glassmakers, Ceramists and Jewelers, Susan Biskeborn, Pacific Northwest Books
Clay Cup III, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Juror's Award
Portfolio of American Crafts, Somerstown Gallery, Somers, New York

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2011
TableSpace: A Framework for Contemporary Ceramics, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, NY
State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula Montana and touring therafter
2009
Functional Ceramics, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, Washington
2008
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Soup to Nuts, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
Near East Meets West, Sarofim Gallery, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
2007
Solo Exhibition, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
2006
Ceram-a-rama, Ceramics Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Conversations: Revisiting Chester Spring Studio, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2005
Out of the Cupboard, Into the Light, University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, Iowa
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore, Maryland
Bowled Over, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NCECA Exhibition, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
17 Women - 17 Perspectives, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Holidazzle, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky
2004
Standing Room Only, 60th Scripps Ceramic Annual, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California
Ceramerama, Ceramics Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Strictly Functional Pottery National, (Art Center Purchase Award and Attorneys' Award), Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Duets, & This Splendid Table, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, Kentucky
Bowl, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Art for the Table, Artstream Nomadic Gallery, Midwest and Texas tours
Table for Two/Tea for Two & Spring,The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Functional Clay, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana
2003
Ceramic Artists of the Archie Bray Foundation., Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, Arizona
Women Playing With Fire, Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas
Strictly Functional Pottery National,( Designer Craftsman Award), Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Twenty-First Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Functional Pottery Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002
For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Friends, Colleagues: A Celebration of Work, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
2001
Clay Cup VIII, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Juror's Award
A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, and touring thereafter
Winterfest 2001, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
For The Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A View of Contemporary Ceramics, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
2000
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Third Place Award
Studio Days 2000, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs Pennsylvania, Award
Archie Bray Foundation, Current and Colorado, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado
Focus on Function, University of Minnesota National Ceramics Biennial, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bistro 1615, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999
The Ritual of the Table, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCECA Clay National, Columbus, Ohio
Arrowmont National 1999, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
1998
Working With Function, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Selected Exhibitions (continued)
1998 (continued)
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Put A Lid On It, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, Tennessee
1997
Tureen du Jour, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pots '97, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Solo show,The Gallery at Studio B, Lancaster, Ohio
Crosscurrents, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
Anything That Pours, Appalachian Center for the Crafts, Smithville, Tennessee
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
On the Surface: An Exhibition of Painterly Clay, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
1996
Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Ana 25, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
Studio Days, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Firehouse Art Center, Norman, Oklahoma, solo show
Women in Clay, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota
Functional Ceramics 1996, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Independent Makers: Contemporary Work by Ten Ceramic Artists, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
1995
Ceramic Cups Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Invitational Teapot and Holiday Shows, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Teapot Invitational, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1994
San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
Archie Bray Foundation Selected Works, Joanne Rapp/The Hand and The Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Clay National, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
1993
The High Art of Tea, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Studio Days '93, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
1991
Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg,, Tennessee
Helena Invitational, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
1990
Artists at Work: Twenty-five Northwest Glassmakers, Ceramists and Jewelers, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, Washington
Clay Cup III, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois, purchase award
1989
Women's Work: Montana Women's Centennial Art Survey, invited as "Emerging Artist", Custer County Art Center, Miles City, Montana
NCECA Invitational Functional Pottery Show, Kansas City Contemporary Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri
1988
1988 Scripps Ceramic Annual, Lang Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1987
Contemporary Works in Clay, Carter-Nankervis Gallery, Napa, California
Work by Residents of the Archie Bray Foundation, Paxson Gallery, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
1986
Functional Pots, Hohenberg and Rubin, New York, New York
Black and White, Panache Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1985
Artists Choose Artists, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
1983
Colorado Clay, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
1982
Solo Show, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado

SELECTED WORKSHOPS
2012
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
2011
Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta
Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
2010
Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta
2009
Prince George Potters Guild, Prince George, British Columbia
2007
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Boulder Pottery Lab, Boulder, Colorado
Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
2005
The Craft Guild of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado
2004
Colorado Potters Guild, Denver, Colorado
North Mount Pleasant Art Center, Calgary, Alberta
2003
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
2002
Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, North Carolina
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, 2002 Conference Demonstrator, Kansas City, Missouri
2000
Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
School of American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
El Camino Community College, Torrance, California
Scripps College, Claremont, California
1999
Peters Valley Craft Education Center, Layton, New Jersey
1998
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York, Summer School
1996
Firehouse Art Center, Norman, Oklahoma
1994
Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri
1992
Boulder Potters Guild, Boulder, Colorado
1991
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
2005-Present
Board of Directors, Prickly Pear Land Trust, Helena, Montana (President, 2010-2012)
1992 - 2003 Board of Directors, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana (Development Chair)
1990 - 1995 Board of Directors, Myrna Loy Center, Helena, Montana