We jump at any opportunity to share some of our favorite ceramics artists and Sarah Cihat is no different! The young designer is passionate about clay and initially became known for her “Rehabilitated Dishware” collection. This interesting collection debuted the same year Cihat graduated from the Parsons School of Design.
For several years following graduation, Cihat worked out of a shared rental space in a large ceramic studio in Brooklyn. Working along other ceramic artists allowed her to share common ideas while growing her business. Throughout this period, Cihat began her “exercise in sustainability that reincarnates existing products.”
Working in a shared space also allowed Cihat to explore other methods in ceramics such as slip casting porcelain, glazing, and mold-making. Nevertheless, the ceramicist decided that a move to Nashville was in her future. Cihat says that her most recent inspiration is the (courtesy of Food 52), “3-dimensional immediacy of clay, her pieces are geometric and mathematical while still feeling warm and dynamic.”
Cihat’s “Rehab” line was developed as her thesis project at Parsons School of Design. As an environmentalist, she wanted to bring new life to unwanted products. As such, she developed a unique process of redesigning and reglazing discarded dishes that she had previously found at thrift stores and in “seconds” piles. Before long, Cihat found a way to reincarnate boring dishes into revolutionary, modern graphic pieces while preserving the original texture and pattern.
Since graduating almost twenty years ago, Cihat’s pieces have evolved widely. After the Rehabilitation Collection, Cihat went on to create colorful and graphic dinnerware with a celestial theme. Afterwards, she started making hand-cast, minimal porcelain pieces that employ gold accents. Most recently, Cihat’s designs employ a linear look in a black and white color scheme.
Cihat’s work is extremely varied; however there is one common thing among all items. Courtesy of Martha Stewart, “The one thing I want is for my work to have a lasting, timeless quality,” she says. “And that you will keep it in your home and your family for a long time.” I think that’s a no-brainer!