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east nashville photographer | locally made : artist stories

i live in a city full of talent. my particular neighborhood has scores of artists and creative people…skinny jeans and ink are the norm. i realized that there are stories of other local artists that need to be told. i want to document and show their journeys through my photographs.

so let’s get started.

i met Sarah through one of her ceramic classes. i wanted to try my hand at pottery and make some cool stuff. well, let’s just say i made some stuff. Sarah makes it look easy!

Sarah Longenecker is a ceramic artist living (and biking) in East Nashville.  she works with clay, both by hand building and using a
potter’s wheel. her studio is located inside of Eastland Baptist Church on Gallatin Ave. here is part of her story:

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

alana rasbach documentary photographer in nashville and east nashville, tn

tell us a bit about yourself. 

I am very much like my work I think, which is strange to say; I am feminine in so many ways but strong and bold at the same time. I do not hesitate to go for the things that I want in life and also do what I can to help others achieve their dreams. There are so many things I want to do and be, that I would never be able to list them all. I also love adventures especially when hiking is involved. Nature is where I am home and I feel most at peace. My faith is something that is most important to me. Really I can’t put it in words how much it is a part of my life. Everything I am and will be is for The Lord.

I love to cook and bake for others, I am a libertarian, I laugh a lot, I love holiday traditions; I can look pretty hard core but really my heart isn’t hard at all; I am the best gift giver I know, I love tea and tattoos, angel food cake is my favorite and a clean kitchen makes me happy.

how long have you lived in East Nashville? what do you like about this community?

I have lived in east Nashville for a year and a half now. I love the strong sense of community here and the fact that everything is so accessible in a small area, which is good for someone who only owns a bike.

how would you describe your work? where do you find your inspiration?

I would describe my work as very feminine and strong at the same time. I try to create a strong sense of emotion and innocence in my work while making it very playful. I don’t hide the fact that my sculptures are created from clay, but I want people to have that “Wow” factor in their reaction to it. I gravitate to very soft colors and neutrals within my sculpture and pottery. I find my inspiration in a couple artists, Kate McDowell and classic Renaissance artists, but also from random books I am reading, while I am searching Pinterest, while I am at church or biking somewhere random. It can sometimes be hard to pin point my inspiration. Everything effects my work, even the things in my life that are the most inconspicuous.

do you sell your artwork?

I do sell my work! I am opening my Etsy shop very soon, hopefully within the week. it is Sarah’s Ceramic Studio- http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahsceramicstudio I am going to have a lot of my work on there custom order and made to order, which means there is more room for the customer to get exactly what they want. I am very excited about it. I am also starting my own Birthday Dream Cake business. I love coming up with interesting combinations and also finding someone’s perfect dream dessert or whatever else. SO, I am in the process of creating a survey to give to customers when they come to me for a custom cake and I will create their perfect birthday dream cake. It’s super fun for me and I also make clay cake toppers that the birthday boy/girl gets to keep!

This post is part of my Locally Made series. Please contact me if you’d like me to tell your story! 🙂 Send an email to alana (at) alanarasbach (dot) com or via my contact form in the menu bar at the top of the page.

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