My name is Sage Cortez, the hands behind Hand + Fire.
I am an artist, potter, amateur photographer, and craftswoman focusing primarily on perfecting qualities of the hand within functional pottery. My work is intended to bring life into your home--to be a refresher in a world of casted, symmetrical, and manufactured goods.
Currently I work out of my studio/store front located in St. Helens, Oregon. Visitors are welcomed with an appointment made through email.
All works produced are small batch provisions, one of a kind, and either made by my two hands, or thoughtfully handpicked from other makers. All items are loved and cared for until the very moment I send them out to you. It is important to me that all my materials are locally sourced, food safe, and well made to provide you with the best quality and longer term durability.
I am an avid believer in an objects life and personality being engaged in its use. When thinking of H+F, I am looking towards a realistic and thoughtful way to endorse sustainability, as well as to keep myself engaged as a lover of things, a maker, and artist.
Inspired by Japanese and Korean making, philosophies such as Wabi-Sabi and Minimalism, and I attempt to bring a twist of function and imperfection to traditional wares.
When we must be more mindful of our impact, versatility and reuse are two of the most poignant aspects I embrace in living sustainably. Going along with consistent attempts to be mindful when purchasing, practicing reuse is one of the easiest ways to engage the items in our lives, while still being able to be creative in our choices of aesthetics. Starting off with a baseline of attraction, and continuing that appeal by being engaged with an item, gives it life and appreciation.
Hand + Fire is my inspiration towards being creative every day; whether it be clay or flour, I always have my hands in something. My objects are product of the hand, made for your home. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, requests, or inquiries.