Elysian Exchange: Sarah Kersten

Written by Jessica Comingore Video by Justin Donais

Following up last month’s feature on the talented Melanie Abrantes, we’re so excited to share our second video installment of Elysian Exchange today, visiting designer and ceramicist Sarah Kersten in her Oakland studio. Sarah is a remarkable potter with an even more remarkable story behind her, seamlessly blending who she is with what she creates.

Growing up on Bainbridge Island outside of Washington, Sarah spent a stint in her early 20’s living off the grid when she first discovered ceramics, and has since grown her practice into a bustling design and production studio, complete with a gas kiln. It was Sarah’s early interest in fermented foods that initially lead her to designing her first piece — a fermentation jar. The design has garnered a great deal of attention in the health food community, and still remains one of the most sought-after pieces in her collection.

Merging both form and function, Sarah’s pieces embody a thoughtful elegance, designed with the intention to live beyond your kitchen shelf and be handed down through generations. Every step of her process, from purpose and design, to materials and glaze, speaks to her commitment to quality and love of the craft. After visiting with Sarah in her studio and witnessing her in action for a day, it’s safe to say we can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

You can find more of Sarah by visiting her website, or over on Instagram.

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