Describing her body fo work and how it reflects the ‘Pathways’ theme, Sarah Cathers says: ‘Cast’is the first artwork of mine that includes an object I have found, cast, and remade in paper clay. It represents a new pathway for me and my practice, pushing the boundaries and developing new ways of documenting my life and the curious things I find along the way.

In the Spring, I found an egg shell on my sister’s farm. I was instantly torn between wanting to use it in my work, and cautious it might shatter. I was met with a problem that comes up for me regularly whenever I find a particularly unusual and intriguing object – If only I had two of these – one to preserve in it’s natural state, and one to manipulate and use within my work. Recently I’ve been researching ways in which I can do both.

This piece is made up of 4 components: wood I found washed up on the beach; vintage linen which I hand embroidered; slip-cast porcelain, created using a mould I made of an egg shell I found and crochet elements, made by me, using yarn that once belonged to a fisherman.

Drawing elements of ceramics in to my practice has been a very therapeutic process for me. I’ve always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of different materials and techniques. I’m so pleased to have found a way of combining the skills I love, continuing to explore and play with tactile materials new to me.


Dimensions: 30cm x 20cm x 5.5cm (framed). Materials: wood, slip cast porcelain, embroidered vintage linen and crocheted elements.


Artist Bio

Sarah Cathers is a collector of oddities with an urge to document and preserve the forgotten. Driven by the process of fragmentation, she gathers pieces of discarded objects with the incentive to mend and rebuild the broken and repurpose the forgotten. She creates her own tangible compositions placing odd pieces of different materials that fit together, juxtaposing the unlikely.


Fascinated by adhesives and their ability to secure and fasten two objects together, she aims to preserve an objects history and importance, using these materials to preserve and trap their history and original importance. By focusing on the binding capabilities of thread, she uses fibres to conceal and repair, wrapping and securing pieces together, acknowledging their past while recognising their potential to be something other than their intended purpose.