Sara Fairfax & Jo Dove

about RAW


Who we are:
Raw Art Work is a joint partnership between Sara Fairfax and Jo Dove, working with the medium of clay. We work with the medium of clay in collaborating with others that best suits their aims and objectives and their budgets. We produce high quality indoor and outdoor handmade mosaics in an educational and public art context as well as holding workshops for adults and children wishing to explore their creative and expressive potential through clay.

Jo is an experienced ceramicist with over 25 years of experience of working with clay and glaze work. She produces delicate and functional ceramic pottery in stoneware, porcelain and earthenware and has lectured and taught ceramics to a wide group of learners in a variety of educational contexts. Her knowledge of ceramics and glaze work ensures the high standard of production of our artworks.

Sara is also an experienced artist and teacher of 25 years+ and more recently as a therapist, who brings her wide experience of working in the visual arts, educational and therapeutic settings into the collaborative experience of working with Jo and clay in a wide variety of context. Principally a painter Sara brings a rich supply of imaginative visual ideas and techniques that compliment Jo's language of clay.

We enjoy the way our separate disciplines interact with each other and our joint pursuit towards making beautiful work.

What we do:
Raw Artworks aims to include others in the experience of clay by holding workshops where participants maybe make tiles that are relevant to a theme or place where the final artwork will go, that meets the aims of a commission brief or participants maybe engaging in a workshop experience that encourages self exploration or group collaboration as well as individually learning a new skill.

Why we do it:
We hold a personal philosophy and commitment to working with others in clay as a desire to continue the tradition and history of making handmade clay tiles and artworks in the UK as a response to the demise of clay being taught in primary or secondary schools. Individual craftsmanship brings a deep sense of satisfaction for those who take part, where participants can experience the transformative nature of working with a raw material through to the durable high quality final artwork. In an age of mass production this puts participants directly back in contact with their own creative potential as well as bringing their own aesthetic awareness to bear on their local environment. There is a collective joy we feel our participants experience in working alongside us in the making of artworks that stands the test of time.

What to do if you are interested in working with us:
If you are interested in our work or would like to discuss an idea of your own that you think could be met by working in clay please get in touch and we would be more than happy to help work alongside you to help realise your ideas.

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