AnthologyObjects

Ceramic objects of art and design by Sarah Hicks.

Chicago, Illinois | 29 Sales

AnthologyObjects

Ceramic objects of art and design by Sarah Hicks.

Chicago, Illinois 29 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Note from shop owner Hello and Happy Holidays! Due to a busy holiday show schedule, I'm taking a little break from the Etsy shop while I focus on in-person shows. If you're looking for something in particular, please shoot me a message or drop by one of my upcoming shows. I also love having people by the studio so maybe we can connect that way. You get to see how it's all made plus first dibs on pieces!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 18, 2018

Hello and Happy Holidays! Due to a busy holiday show schedule, I'm taking a little break from the Etsy shop while I focus on in-person shows. If you're looking for something in particular, please shoot me a message or drop by one of my upcoming shows. I also love having people by the studio so maybe we can connect that way. You get to see how it's all made plus first dibs on pieces!

Sarah Hicks

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About

Anthology Objects creates sculptural and functional objects of art and design inspired by the phenomena of the natural world.

Born and raised in a small town west of St. Louis, I had the good fortune of growing up with a family of talented artisans and makers, and the freedom of space to explore the natural world. From slimy green algae growing on my uncle’s pond, to gelatinous blobs of tadpole eggs in Labadie Creek, to hunting for Morel mushrooms on “the Land”, the memory of these images inform the work I make today. Through these experiences, I collected a range of images and skills that contribute to my way of making. I learned textile arts such as sewing, spinning, quilting and weaving through my mother and was influenced by father’s talents as a builder, woodworker, traditional cabinetmaker and armchair horticulturalist. These experiences imparted in me an appreciation for fine craft and the handmade, and have allowed me to carve out my own little niche in working with clay.

Constructed from clay my work is primarily created using plaster molds made of found objects. I collect objects with interesting forms from junk shops, thrift stores, toys and even the waste bin. Anything from a spent light bulb to a kid’s toy to the root of a tree are all good source objects for me. Once a mold is made I cast it with ceramic slip or press moist clay into the form to re-create the shape. These cast pieces are cut and reassembled into a multitude of other forms. In some cases I choose to create whole or parts of pieces using traditional wheel-throwing pottery methods. The resulting forms are then dried, fired and glazed. I use glazes, under glazes and the clay's naturally raw surface to produce a variety of surface qualities and graphical elements. Masking techniques are employed to create patterns of dots and stripes, etc. Eyedropper bottles of ceramic under glaze are used to form raised textures

I currently live and work in Chicago, IL where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. I have exhibited work in many venues both locally and nationally.

Shop members

  • Sarah Hicks

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Enjoys playing in clay and watching things grow. I used to make fun of my grandmother for her massive collection of houseplants...but then I realized I'm just like her. Thanks Grandma Tootz!

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Last updated on Jun 2, 2016
Frequently asked questions
General Info

Welcome to Anthology Objects! Each of my pieces is made by hand with careful attention to detail. I use only the highest quality porcelain clays and glazes for strength and longevity. Due to the handmade nature of my work subtle variations in form and finish are to be expected. Thanks for stopping in I hope you find something you like!

Care instructions

All materials used are non-toxic and food and plant safe. All pieces may be gently hand washed and air-dried.

Wholesale availability

Some of my pieces are available for wholesale orders. Please contact me with inquiries.

Packaging

All items are carefully packaged with new or like-new packaging. I make every effort to only use recycled or recyclable materials. However, at times I may reuse less earth friendly packaging material that has been sent to me in other packages (such as Styrofoam peanuts).

Custom and personalized orders

I welcome inquiries regarding custom orders and other special requests. I enjoy fulfilling orders of this type. Please note that custom orders or commissions take about 2-5 weeks to complete, depending on the size of order or the piece.

Local Pickup

If you live in the Chicago and would like to pick up your piece please contact me. I love having people visit the studio!

Damaged Order

For damaged items please contact me as soon as you can or within 3 days of receiving the shipment. I recommend taking a few pictures of the damaged piece/s and damaged packaging as soon as you can. This will help me resolve any claims with the shipping company. Rest assured, I will ship you a replacement piece as soon as possible! In some cases this may mean I have to remake the piece, which could take 2-4 weeks.