Does the thought that design doesn’t have to be intricate and overblown resonate with you? If so, I’m pleased to meet you!

bopdotz ceramics and jewellery are designed and crafted by me, Sara Hogwood, in my Canberra home studios. From the ceramic studio come wheel-thrown pieces including mugs, jugs, beakers and bowls created for everyday use. Mid-fire porcelain clay is used for its smoothness; buff and grey clays have a more earthy finish. Glazes and finishes are generally quiet and unassuming but aim to bring pleasure through their use.

The same can be said of the output from my jewellery studio. Earrings, pendants and rings crafted from sterling silver using silver-smithing techniques are designed to enhance your look and bring pleasure when worn.

Taught by experienced and creative makers in both disciplines, I like to think that they’ve given me the skills to explore my ideas, paring them back to achieve my aim of simple, well-designed, well-made pieces. Pottery is the slower process: throw a piece, wait for it to dry, bisque fire it, glaze then fire again, planning ahead so that for each firing there’s enough work to fill the kiln. This process usually takes a couple of weeks at best. Silver is more immediate – jewellery pieces can be started and finished the same day. I find the very different processes involved in creating ceramic and silver work equally fulfilling and enjoy moving between my two studios.

As a low-production enterprise, my goal is to bring a little happiness into people’s lives through the mediums of clay and sterling silver.


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