Sally Saul (b. 1946, Albany, New York) is a contemporary ceramicist. Often working from personal memory, Sally Saul’s practice is focused on small scale ceramic sculptures. Her work is imbued with humor and humanity. Through human and animal figures, Saul creates personal yet arresting characters and vignettes which explore themes related to the complexities of daily life. Anchored by a longstanding interest in personal memory, Saul’s sculptures evoke feelings associated with time and place to explore patterns of remembrance. Her work has engaged with themes such as gender, innocence, mortality, and the human condition.
Born in 1946, Sally Saul grew up in Ithaca New York. She earned a B.A from the University of Colorado and later graduated from San Francisco State University in 1973 with an M.A in American Literature. While living in San Francisco, she was exposed to the Bay Area visual arts movement. Informed by her time in San Francisco, Saul’s formal practice, and particular focus in ceramics, took shape while living in Austin, TX, where she undertook studies in ceramics at the University of Texas.
Saul’s work will be included in a forthcoming exhibition of contemporary ceramics at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. She has been the subject of numerous solo presentations, including exhibitions at Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; Redbud Gallery, Houston; and Trans Avant Garde Gallery, Austin. Her first survey exhibition Blue Hills, Yellow Tree opened at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York in May 2019. Saul’s work has also been frequently included in group exhibitions, including presentations at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York; Almine Rech Gallery, New York; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; Venus Over Los Angeles, Los Angeles; Cuevas/Tilleard Projects, New York; and CANADA, New York. In 2017, her New York solo debut, “Sally Saul: Knit of Identity,” was reviewed by The New York Times. Saul lives and works in Germantown, New York.