Sage Earth Studio

Sarah Machtey is an artist and natural builder currently living and working in the southeast corner of Vermont.

· Fire Mountain Gems awarded Sarah their top honor of Grand Prize Gold Medal in the 2018 Creative Clays competition, as well as Grand Prize in the Trendsetter category for a separate entry.

Fire Mountain’s notes on her gold-medal Rainbow Rock Garden entry:

“The range of clays and clay-working techniques showcased in the Rainbow Rock Garden design by Sarah Machtey rocked her straight to Grand Gold this year. This earring, necklace and storage box set features translucent clay leaves with golden veining – highlighted by liquid clay – in an additional dazzling technique. Sarah Machtey used a range of different polymer clays – including Premo! Sculpey®, Fimo® and Cernit® – to create this jewelry set and its self-containing storage container. The center cluster is removable and can be used as the lid on the polymer clay storage box (made to look like a river-smoothed stone). The golden veining is highlighted by liquid clay, in an additional dazzling technique. ‘This is so detailed. The veining and the thinness of the clay is really skillful.’

Fire Mountain’s notes on her Trendsetter-winning Blue and Purple Leaf Box entry:

“It looks like a vase, but this amazingly detailed leaf bud is actually a storage box. Carefully cut along the veining, the seam between top and bottom completely disappears when closed. The high-contrast veining gives it a magical look. ‘When you close it, it’s absolutely seamless! Seamless! That is patient skill, right there.’

· Sarah’s work is locally featured and available at Gallery at the VAULT in Springfield, Vermont; and at River Artisans in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Images of Works

Polymer Clay

The creation of Sarah’s original sculptural polymer clay work, from wearables to displayables, combines artistic and technical craft, careful and time-consuming attention to detail, and many original techniques.

Steampunk Exhibit Items

Some of Sarah’s items that were shown in the 2017 Steampunk Exhibit at Gallery At The Vault in Springfield, Vermont. Upcycled materials include aluminum drink-can tabs, embossed & antiqued scrap sheet copper, embossed drink-can aluminum, and plarn (from plastic bags).

About

"I draw most of my inspiration from nature. Some comes from the behavior of the materials as I work with them. There is also my love of containers, secret compartments, and multi-use objects… things that are more than they appear to be… which can come into direct conflict with my desire for my artwork to be self-explanatory…"
 

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