Sara Ballek was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics. After graduating, she continued to head south to Asheville, North Carolina. She continues to make work as a Studio Assistant at Odyssey ClayWorks in the River Arts District of Asheville.
"Using a handmade form in a daily ritual is a unique experience. There is something
captured in those moments that radiate a connection between the user, the object, and even the maker. But those moments are only temporary, until the possibility of “next time”."