Sarah proudly runs Earth’s Clay out of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Sarah’s senior year of high school in 2017 was when she was introduced to pottery for the first time and fell in love with the craft. At only 22, she’s already got her own little pottery business up and running thanks to the ongoing support and encouragement from her family and friends. Earth’s Clay makes functional ceramics with the intention of spreading happiness through their uncomplicated and unique beauty.
Sarah hand-spins beautiful vases for all those spring flowers, glazed mugs which are perfect for our hot chocolate at home and takeaway cups that are available to buy in our cafes. If you’re feeling hands-on then Earth’s Clay even run workshops where you can learn how to make your own pottery.
What’s your favourite piece of pottery to make? What’s the most difficult?
My favourite piece of pottery to make would have to be my lady vases. Although they take a long time to sculpt each one, they bring me so much joy when their bodies start to take shape. They are so beautiful in their own way and I love creating them all differently.
What has been the most challenging part of starting your own business at such a young age?
I had to make changes in where I lived in order to start my business. It wasn’t going to work trying to run my full time business out of my family home, which meant I moved out and into a small granny flat, where I was hugely blessed to live. Perhaps another challenge would be it not being a “real job” and others judgements/perceptions of that. It’s a hard hurdle to jump over but I’m so happy that I didn’t let others hinder me from living my dream.
Describe your perfect day in the Hills? Where do you start? What’s for lunch and where would you want to stay the night?
My ideal day in the hills would begin with a mocha and waffles at Red Cacao, then a stroll through the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens as we try to decide on a picnic place, a wine tasting at Ten Mile East Winery, and finally, dinner at The Stirling Hotel. Spending the night under the stars, far from any artificial light or noise, sounds like a dream way to end the day in Ironbank’s off grid Earthship bed and breakfast.