Faces of our Community: Yokwe Ceramics

Yokwe Ceramics are handmade, Japanese and Scandinavian-inspired pieces that incorporate natural forms and earth tones. Handmade with love in Santa Barbara, a portion of the proceeds support education projects in the Marshall Islands where Sarah Genuardi and her husband adopted their two children.

Meet Sarah Genuardi, the talented maker of Yokwe Ceramics.


Q: Tell us a bit about your business.

A: I make handmade ceramics in my home studio on the Riviera. My art is Japanese and Scandinavian inspired. The word Yokwe is Marshallese and translates as "you are a rainbow". It is the common greeting in the Marshall Islands where our children were adopted from. A portion of my profits support non-profit work there. 


Q: Why did you start your business? 

A: I’ve always been interested in art but got into teaching early in my career out of more practicality. As I was raising my kids I went back to the Schott Center in Santa Barbara and fell in love with working with clay. It became my “thing” outside the home. 


Q: What makes you the most passionate about your work?

A: I would say the creative process. Sometimes I can get scattered chasing new shape or glaze ideas but, I love it. 


Q: What are some of your favorite projects/products? 

A: Our friends were building their home in Mammoth and asked me to create some pendants for them. I had never done any lighting and it was a stretch for me. I went for it and now that is an area of my art I am trying to define and evolve. 


Q: Connection to Santa Barbara, why do you work/live here?

A: My husband, son and I moved here in 2011 from Seattle. We both are originally from the east coast but, we settled in the Pacific Northwest for a long time. We were ready for some sun and my husbands business was remote so we went for it. Best decision ever! 


Q: Describe your perfect day in Santa Barbara.

A: Morning hike with friends, some beach time with family and then home for homemade pizza. 


Q: Store location, if applicable

A: I sell some pieces at Diani Living and will be doing a pop up at Jenny Kayne in November. 


Q: Contact & social media

A: yokweceramics  instagram 


Q: Pro tip (anything you can share with our audience that they can apply in their own lives)

A: Finding that balance is so important. 



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