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My life as a potter began in the early seventies when many of us were privileged to make career choices from our hearts. We were the generation that prided ourselves on having less in the way of possessions, and more in the way of a spiritual conscious-ness. So I followed my bliss, and was fortunate to have been given the talent for making things. I chose clay as my expression. Rather than pursue an academic route, I joined a pottery co-op in Seattle: Pottery Northwest, and worked for years alongside other aspiring potters. We took workshops from professionals and college professors, and sold our work through galleries and craft fairs.

My work became my life and steered me into a spiritual practice that acknow-ledged my pottery making as my sacred art. My way of life for 35 years now has been the making and selling of pottery, and the moment to moment humble thanks for this opportunity.


This series (photo) has its root in the Japanese tradition. Their sense of order and attention to beauty inspires me beyond myself and connects me with the creative source that is within us all. The Imagery has been hand etched through layers of slip on white stoneware. A mid range firing makes them highly durable and food safe.

~Sally Jaffee

            Sally is rebuilding her life in Shasta, CA after losing her entire home and studio in the Middletown fire of 2015.