Sara Scott has lived in Picton for the last 16 years, where she has her own studio and gallery at Essons Valley. She has also recently help set up a small teaching space at the PowerHouse Pottery in Picton.
She was formerly President of Marlborough Community Potters and a Vice President of Ceramics NZ. She has taught in Picton (at her own workshops and in schools), Blenheim (Marlborough Community Potters and other community groups) and Nelson (Craft Potters).
Sara was born in the UK, trained at Central St Martins School of Art, London in the 1970's and went on to be a teacher, then a PA in an architectural practice before becoming a gilder in Suffolk in the 1990's.
In 2012 Sara contributed to an exhibition at The Millennium in Blenheim entitled 'Three' (with Janet Green and Fran Maguire), in 2014 she was selected for the Portage Ceramic Awards, and in 2015 she had her first solo exhibition, Full Circle, at The Millennium. She has also taken part in group exhibitions at The Refinery and The Suter in Nelson, the most recent being ‘Fire and Earth’ at The Suter in 2018 and 2020.
Sara's work over the years has been predominantly in earthenware with burnished coloured slips, but recently she has also used porcelain and stoneware. Decorative techniques are of particular interest, especially burnishing, scraffitto and inlay. She is a keen member of the Picton Life Drawing Group and the translation of 2D drawings and marks onto and into 3D forms continues to hold her interest.