Meet the Crafters: Sarah Burwash

April 15, 2013 | Halifax Crafters Society

The blue sky has finally appeared today, the birds are singing, and we are less than one month away from the Spring Fair! Leading up to each show we present a series of interviews with a selection of the makers who will be vending their work. We are really excited about some of the new vendors we’ll be presenting this time round, stay tuned for a preview of the show! 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Burwash, a Halifax Crafters veteran who has been getting some awesome online attention from folks like Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge. You can find that feature here. We love Sarah’s intimate drawings and small ceramics, and she sells affordable prints of work influence by her travels and the natural world. 

What do you make?

Watercolour drawings, ceramics, installations, dreams, sweets.

What is your process?

I find my inspiration in books, travel and time spent by the ocean or in the woods, from my everyday, that inspiration percolates, narratives grow, I collect source material to support those narratives and let the rest happen intuitively on the page. Ceramic work is generally all intuitive.


How long have you been a crafter?

My mom did crafts with me and my brothers since we were wee. She also vended at crafts sales my whole life and I was her helper so it’s always been apart of my life.

What is your background/How did you get started?

My mom got me started. I received my BFA in 2009. I have been pursuing a variety of creative endevours my whole life, drawing and 2D work being the most prominent and lots of experimenting in other mediums.

Why do you do what you do?

It’s the only way I know how to be.

When you’re not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?

You can find my work online on my website, in my Etsy shop, from Stay Home ClubMammoth & CompanyThe Working Proof, and Compound Gallery.

My work is available in store at Inkwell Boutique (Halifax), Dots & Loops Handmade (Lunenburg), and Salty Rose’s (Ingonish).

What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?

Great tunes and foods.

What are you excited about seeing at the Spring Market?

I always love seeing what jeweler Jesse Tempest is up too, the wooden spoon man and Osha Mae Soap.


Where do you do your work?

I have an at home studio space.

An artwork or artist you love?

Richard Long

Favourite time of the year?


ceramic studio

Three things you need in order to create?

Light, hot liquids, a spark.

A film or book you love?

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

What’s your favourite way to procrastinate?

Beach times