Sarah Purvey

Curator of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery: Sophie Cummings

“Sarah Purvey’creates powerful, sculptural ceramics which combine monumentality and subtlety to unique effect. Her explorations of form, tonality and the possibilities of clay resolve themselves in large, engaging and instinctive vessels.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to have recently acquired ‘Witnessed’ to join our permanent collection of modern British art.
This work encapsulates Purvey’s increasingly confident use of mark making to create ceramics which nod strongly towards Purvey’s drawing practice. It also shows her ability to create vessels with commanding gallery presence and a subtlety that invites multiple viewings.” December 2016.


Sarah Purvey has had solo exhibitions in St Ives, Amsterdam and Bath and has shown widely in group exhibitions including New York and London. Purvey’s work featured in the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2012, The Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries London and The Bath Society of Artists at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Her work is represented by galleries both nationally and internationally.

Purvey completed an MA in ceramics at Bath Spa University in 2009 having completed her BA twenty years previously in 1991.


Drawing allows me to speak in my own language whether it’s on paper or clay. I draw from whats around me pulling on emotional and physical connections to time and landscape.
Drawing for me is all about that moment, that connection, that place that just allows me to be.


2009  MA Ceramics, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University
1991    BA Ceramics, Bath College of Higher Education
1988    BTec Ceramics, Plymouth College of Art and Design


Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
Michael Portillo
Private collections in USA, Japan & Europe


2018 First Prize Award, Baby Forest
2017 First Prize Award, Corsham Open Exhibition
2010, First Prize Award, Corsham Pound Arts Open

Artist Collection