Sara's work has changed a great deal over the years but the theme that continues is her exploration of colour and shape. She is now using enamel as the way to include colour in her work and she fires the layers onto recycled silver. Enamelling is an ancient and complex art form but Sara has simplified the techniques to suit her practice. She looks to natural forms and manmade environments for inspiration and through photography and sketching she ‘stylizes’ the shapes she finds, transferring them to the metal. She then cuts each one by hand so whilst designs are often repeated, they are never identical due to tiny variants in the process. Sara's rich colour palette and characterful shapes create vibrant, contemporary pieces that are appealing and easy on the eye.
Whilst studying for her B.A. (Hons) in Jewellery Design at, what was Middlesex Polytechnic, Sara was taught by leading contemporary jewellers from the ‘New Jewellery ‘ movement who introduced her to an approach to design that was innovative with materials and techniques well outside the traditions and norms of jewellery making. Sara developed work made from aluminium and nylon and after graduating in 1991, these became her signature materials as she continued to work with them for over a decade.
From her first full-time studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios in Colchester, Sara promoted her early commercial collections at regular Trade Shows such as Top Draw, NEC and Harrogate, stocking contemporary Design and Craft Galleries around the UK and as far as Hong Kong and America. She was increasingly asked to be involved with other projects such as making the Corporate gifts for Essex County Council (silver pendants, cufflinks, boxes etc. with the SEAX logo) and running workshops at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester where her interest in education started. She was contacted to teach at Colchester School of Art and this quickly became formal employment. Sara still leads Materials and 3D Processes on the Foundation and Level 3 courses – relishing the energy and drive of the students each year.