CRAFT CUBED: SARAH TRACTON

It takes significant concentration and experimentation for Sarah Tracton to produce her stunning porcelain light fixtures. We are thrilled to be featuring the results of her hard work in the Craft Cubed Window Walk. We had a few questions for Sarah about her process and inspiration. 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

Handmade signifies the entirely unique and individualised. No two pieces are alike, each with their own distinctive personality and characteristics. 

What is your earliest craft memory?

Watching my dressmaker grandmother crochet exquisite blankets.

What is your philosophy or motto when it comes to creativity?

Silence is immersion.

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

New materials and their possibilities in the studio truly excite me. I create porcelain lights in small batches, which is akin to the equivalent of clay slow cooking. Buckets of high-grade porcelain journey from wet slip into coloured sheets and finally fitted with electrical components. 

My studio is rather like a science lab, in which no part of the process can be rushed. It is a rigorous journey of trial and error, and knowing the tenuousness of wet and dry clay in order to avoid cracks. Witnessing the collision between water, heat and atmosphere is often fraught - clay can be temperamental and patience is essential!

How does "good" craft make you feel?

The markers mark is felt in the materials, style and process.

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about? 

Strolling with my map to check out fellow Window Walkers creations and their collaborators throughout the city.