Sarah Harms will be the Featured Artist at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery in June and July and is donating 20% of all sales during the show to the World Central Kitchen, an organization currently feeding hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians since the Russian invasion on February 24. “Peace, Love and Pottery” opens with a reception for the artist during Jerome’s First Saturday “Roam in Jerome” Art Walk on June 4 from 5-8 pm. The show will run from June 2 to July 26 at the Jerome Coop Gallery in Jerome.
Working as a metalsmith for the past forty or so years, Sarah added pottery to her collection of mediums she works in about five years ago. “I had taken both ceramics and jewelry design in high school. My fantasy back then was to have a store called The Jewelry Pot, making both pottery and jewelry. The store never manifested, but the jewelry and pottery absolutely did!”
Last summer, Sarah amped up her pottery production after a long-time friend commissioned her to make a set of eight pasta type bowls. “I made about eighty-five before I was satisfied with a set that was relatively uniform and stacked nicely. As a production artist, I definitely learn by repetition, so when I got an order for four bowls earlier this year, I decided I would attempt to throw five hundred bowls for my upcoming show. I think I’m close to four hundred at this point, and have shifted to candles for the time being, to add a little diversity to the show.”
“The past five years have left me with quite a few failed attempts at creating a decent looking piece of work, so during the June and July events (June 4 and July 2), I will have a collection of ‘Take or Break’ pots. For $10, One can either smash a pot into a garbage can or take it home. 100% of the proceeds from the ‘Take or Break’ will be donated to The Verde Valley Food Project, a local organization feeding folks here in our magical valley.”
In addition to the pottery, Sarah will have jewelry and metal wall art in her show. Most of the work will be peace, love and flower themed. “I really want this show to be about promoting peace and love, and good vibes all around. There is so much conflict on our planet today, a paradigm shift is in order here, and I’m hoping to create a bit of that through my work.”
“Peace, Love and Pottery” runs from June 2 – July 26 at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery at 502 Main Street in Jerome. The First Saturday “Roam in Jerome” art walk reception for Sarah is June 4 from 5-8 pm. The Second “Roam in Jerome” art walk is July 2 from 5-8 pm. For more information about the organizations Sarah is donating to, please visit: WCK.org and verdevalleyfoodproject.org.
The Jerome Coop is open daily 10 am – 6pm except Tuesdays.