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Sarah Frederick

Biography to Display: 


BFA, Ceramics, Mills College, Oakland, California

MA, Art Education, Louisville University, Louisville, Kentucky



1990    Short term resident: Mary Anderson Center: Mt. St. Francis, Indiana

1996    Summer resident: Archie Bray Center, Helena, Montana



Studio potter



Sarah Frederick is known for her functional press-molded terracotta jars, teapots, plates, and bowls, often decorated with painted fruit and vegetables. Frederick’s surface technique employed the mixing of glaze, stain, slip and flux resulting in a velvety matte finish. Early in her career, Frederick worked in porcelain.

At Louisville, Frederick studied with Tom Marsh. At the Appalachian Craft Center in Tennessee, Frederick studied with Joe Bova, Sandy Simon, who taught her how to paint on pots, and Cynthia Bringle.

A 2008 oral history interview with Sarah Frederick, recorded by the Kentucky Historical Society, is accessible here

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona, California


Bibliography to Display: 

Hunt, William C.(Ed.).“Sarah Frederick.” Ceramics Monthly 38, no 6, (June/July/August 1990).

Triplett, Kathy. Hand built Ceramics: Pinching, Coiling, Extruding, Molding, Slip Casting, Slab Work. United States: Lark Books, 2000.

Willihnganz, Greg. “Interview with Sarah Frederick.” Kentucky Craft History & Education Association: Oral History Project, Kentucky Historical Society, Sept. 19, 2008.





Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks
1980 - 1985
Bowl with three pieces of fruit
Date: 1980 - 1985
Form: Bowl
Materials: Terracotta, Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Ceramic Society_2004.2.120
Photo: TMP
American Ceramic Society_2004.2.120
Photo: TMP
1980 - 1985
Photo: TMP
Vase with Pear Decoration
Form: Vase
Materials: Terracotta
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection Mills College Art Museum, Gift of Kay Meyer, Class of 1961
Photo: TMP
Collection Mills College Art Museum, Gift of Kay Meyer, Class of 1961
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified December 28, 2021.