Sarah Kersten Studio

Sarah Kersten Studio

Sarah Kersten ceramics are made for the kitchen and the home. We are a small team in Oakland, CA.

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Oakland, CA

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Sarah Kersten Studio

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Oakland, CA

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+1 (206) 999-1721

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I’m Sarah, founder of Sarah Kersten Studio. I work in Oakland, California, where the combination of a rich and robust pottery tradition and the inspiration of coastal California combine to inform the nature of my work.

Much of my aesthetic has grown out of the natural tendencies of the materials that I work with. I love high fired stoneware for the beauty of its features— which are always muted and subtle in hue— and for its strength. These traits, together with a passion for seasonal cooking, a great love of being and making at home, and a deep respect for pottery tradition, make my work what it is. When so much of the world is plasticized and high-tech, it’s pottery’s ancient heritage that grounds me, along with my commitment to showing up day after day to move my work forward. After years of creating alone, I now work with a very small team to make the work in my shop.

I aspire to create pieces that are sculpturally beautiful, effortlessly functional, and of heirloom quality. All of my designs respond to real needs, needs I’ve had in my own kitchen, or wishes I’ve heard from friends and chefs I’ve worked with. I work slowly, considering shape, size, and the overall feeling of a piece for as long as it takes to get it just right— sometimes years. But I like it that way. I make objects that will live intimately with you and yours, that you’ll handle multiple times a day, and I take that honor seriously, and joyfully. For me, pottery and its history is part of who we are as a people and a deeply meaningful way to spend my days, as is the knowledge that my work goes towards making people’s homes more beautiful, functional places to live, love and cook.

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Breakage Policy: For product damaged in shipping please contact us at info@sarahkersten.com within 7 days of arrival. Please include a photo of the item and packaging so that we can contact the shipping carrier. Pottery is fragile, and though we take many precautions to ship safely, a few rare boxes arrive damaged every year. We will, of course, facilitate an exchange so that you receive a functional piece as soon as possible.


Returns and Exchanges

We are happy to exchange items within 30 days of purchase for exchange only. If you are unhappy with the quality of the work that you receive, please do not hesitate to reach out. We want you to be happy with the pottery that you purchase. Please note shipping is non-refundable and any additional shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer.


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With some exceptions, we are making work to order. Some items are in stock when an order is placed; some are not. Orders will be filled as soon as possible; when an item is in stock, we will ship it right away. When we have to make the item to order, it may take us between 1 and 4 weeks to ship. If you are interested in a specific lead time for your order, click Contact Maker or email info@sarahkersten.com & we will do our best to respond quickly. Upon shipping, you will receive a tracking/confirmation email. I ship via UPS ground, from my studio in Oakland, to most addresses in the contiguous United States, and via USPS PO Boxes, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canadian orders. If you need an order to arrive by a certain day for a gift, please click Contact Maker or email me at info@sarahkersten.com, and I will do everything I can to accommodate your request. I ship without requiring a signature on delivery. If you would prefer to sign for your package, please email me when you place your order.

Store Policies

Announcements and Updates

Breakage Policy: For product damaged in shipping please contact us at info@sarahkersten.com within 7 days of arrival. Please include a photo of the item and packaging so that we can contact the shipping carrier. Pottery is fragile, and though we take many precautions to ship safely, a few rare boxes arrive damaged every year. We will, of course, facilitate an exchange so that you receive a functional piece as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Return and Exchanges

We are happy to exchange items within 30 days of purchase for exchange only. If you are unhappy with the quality of the work that you receive, please do not hesitate to reach out. We want you to be happy with the pottery that you purchase. Please note shipping is non-refundable and any additional shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer.

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