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Sarah Colgan

Artists Bio

Sarah Altmeyer Colgan is a corporate event planner with a passion for pottery. She is originally from Falls Church, Virginia and currently lives in Naperville with her husband, Brian, and two children, Connor and Madeline.

Sarah started her pottery career at age 12 and had her first show & sale as a freshman in high school.  She continued taking pottery classes at the local community center and later the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Sarah graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV with a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Studio Art with an emphasis in Ceramics.  As a student, she started Marshall’s Annual Empty Bowls project which still benefits the local community today.

After graduating from college, Sarah moved to Washington, DC where she worked in political fundraising and taught pottery classes to adults at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.  In 2011, she moved to Chicago and took pottery classes at Lillstreet Art Center. After relocating to the Chicago suburbs, she began classes at Clayspace in Warrenville.

Sarah took a break from pottery to start her family but found her way back to pottery at the new Clayspace Studio in Lisle in 2019 after her children got a little older.   Through the pandemic, Sarah created a Facebook marketplace page to sell her pottery and had several pop-up pottery shows. With the help of a graphic designer, she was able to brand her logo and marketing for S.ALT. Pottery.

Sarah has enjoyed taking classes and subletting RA positions at Clayspace Studio the past few years. In between traveling for work, keeping up with the kids’ countless activities, and volunteering in the community, you can find Sarah at the studio. She is delighted and so excited to officially be part of the amazing Clayspace community.

Sarah focuses on wheel-thrown functional pottery for the home.

“A vessel is formed from a lump of clay with care; however, it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful.” – Laozi

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