Sarah Jewell Olsen


Sarah Jewell Olsen was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics from UAA in 2009 and her Masters of Fine Art from West Virginia University in 2014. She is currently a Red Star Studios Artist In Residence in Kansas City, MO.

artist statement

“I make utilitarian pots with a design aesthetic. The practical beauty of my work is intended to overpower the mundane, mass-produced objects, and enrich experiences. Through thoughtful craftsmanship, I intend to communicate the importance, permanence, and necessity of my pots. I use porcelain to throw and hand build shapes that are informed by facets of design, historical ornamentation, and Modernism.

Additionally, I have struggled with anxiety and depression most of my life, and I make artwork that speaks to the daily attempt at seeking to belong in a community. I make utilitarian pottery because it is useful and helpful and I feel, personally, that I am necessary when my pots go out to live in the world and perform functions. I cover the surface with glazes that drip and bleed in order to bring color and happiness into my life, others lives, as well as to let go of my control issues and allow the process and materials to create something beautiful.”