Joyful Clay LLC
Joyful Clay LLC
Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by. My name is Sarah Tippin, and I am the founder of Joyful Clay LLC.
I have always wanted to be an artist, from the time I was old enough to say it out loud. I was always drawing and painting, mostly illustrations of fictional people. I still love to draw and do so in my free time (you can visit my Instagram page exclusively for my illustrations). I was fortunate in that one of the three high schools I went to had a robust art program that included a fully equipped ceramics studio. Pottery and I were a match made in heaven from the very start.
After high school I ventured away from ceramics, choosing various other career and artistic adventures instead, and it wasn't until I had my first child that I returned to clay. What began as a weekly class to fulfill my creative needs quickly turned into a plan to open my own studio and try my hand at a career in ceramics. In 2014, I established Joyful Clay. The name Joyful Clay is significant: Joy is my second child's middle name, which was given to her by my eldest. In my family, we live our lives by the value of joy, so it only makes sense that everything I create has the intention of inspiring joy.
Pottery is my way of connecting to humanity and the world around me. I use nature, my life, and humanity as inspiration, and combine it with my love of illustration to make pottery that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful. I am the sole potter at Joyful Clay and create each piece from start to finish.
I live in Annapolis, Maryland with my husband, two children, two dogs, two rescued house rabbits and a chubby little guinea pig named Otis. I have a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a Masters in Professional Studies, the Business of Art and Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
"You must do something to make the world more beautiful." -Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius