The growing body of work formed by Sarah VanRaden under the moniker Notary Ceramics is indeed of note. Minimal yet warm, inviting and delicate, Sarah’s collection embodies the quiet elegance and homey, intimate practice of its maker. From traditional techniques spring a myriad of uniquely simple designs, cast and clad in layers of human imagination. They proudly reflect a refreshing honesty, glazed in the imperfect whimsy and fragility of an authentic life.
As a mother of two, working from a cozy adjoined garage studio, Sarah’s life and work are never far apart. Meeting her and her daughters as they skipped and hugged, surrounded by clay and the slight aroma of incense gave a glimpse into what define her work: the warmth of home, the beautiful surprises hidden in motherhood, and a deep grace that charms and soothes.