Sarah Libourel Houde began making pottery in 1978 while a senior marine biology major in college. As her interest in pottery grew so did the requests from friends to make teapots, lamps, and mugs. While continuing her studies in marine biology in graduate school she bought a used kiln and potters wheel from a aspiring potter turned marine scientist. The graduate study was completed in 1985 but the urge to make pots kept Sarah from devoting her life to science. By 1987 Sarah was entrenched in her waterfront studio on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland making fish platters and other pottery to sell at local galleries and art fairs. With the exception of a break to have a son in 1989, she has been potting full-time since.
“I used to fight my connections to everything aquatic. A number of years I ago I stopped fighting it and went ”whole fish” into my work. My current work includes surfaces richly textured with shells, lace, leaves and other found objects. My work reflects my love of the marine environment, with fish handles embellishing my “Scales and Tails” baking and serving pieces. Bas relief starfish and shells adorn each “Starfish” piece. These pieces are fun and functional. My Raku fish urns are available in several marine fish species including striped bass, mahi mahi, triggerfish, atlantic spadefish, bluefish, and dolphin. Each piece is painstakingly created to include a unique“sea garden” complete with blue crabs, mollusks and. small fish. My tile series includes heron, dragonfly, wave, sea nettle, dogwood wall hangings and Raku prints of local fishes.
Presently, Sarah’s work is sold at Carmens Gallery in Solomons, Md; Annmarie Garden Gift Shop in Solomons, Md; North End Gallery in Leonardtown, Md; Sherries Gallerie in Columbus Ohio; Painting With Fire Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL; Rehoboth Art League Galleries in Rehoboth, Delaware. Sarah has participated in many juried shows including Artsfest and Unique Boutique, spring and fall shows in Occoquan, Va, Officers Wives Club show at the Naval Academy, Tea party show, National Arts and Crafts Show in Gaithersburg, MD; Rehoboth Art League Summer Show; Sugarloaf Shows in Reston, VA; Peters Valley Fall show; as well as Solomons Arts and Crafts Festival, and Oyster Festival. Sarah has been featured in many gallery shows at the North End Gallery and Annmarie Garden Gallery. Sarah is a member of the Crafts Guild of St. Mary’s County, North End Gallery, the Rehoboth Art League, NCECA and Potters Council. When time permits she loves to spend time on the water fishing and in her garden.
Sarah teaches adult and childrens throwing and handbuilding clay workshops and classes at Annmarie Garden Studio School in Solomons,MD. Check www.annmariegarden.org for a listing of current classes.
Sarah’s studio is open by appointment. Her holiday open studio is held the 1st weekend in December annually; 10 am -5 pm each day. All are welcome. For Directions please call (301) 373-2297. Please bring canned goods for donation to The Hope food locker (Holiday Open Studio only). Sarah’s studio is listed in Southern Maryland’s Earth, Art, and Imagination Trail. Please ask for a guide or visit www.somdtrails.com .
To learn more about this artist, visit her website at Sarah Houde Pottery.