Sarah McLaughlin was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, where she spent her formative years surrounded by glue, glitter, paper, paint, and hundreds of rolls of Scotch tape. Her father suggested she pursue a career in architecture to become the first to build a skyscraper out of Scotch tape. Instead she moved to Washington, DC, to attend the Corcoran College of Art and Design in the fall of ‘98. There Sarah studied ceramics and mixed-media sculpture, receiving her BFA in 2002. Sarah’s path to jewelry design began in 2008 when the finish on a much-loved and cheap “gold” necklace began to wear off. Frustrated by the options available to have a solid-gold replica made, she set off to see if she could make one herself. Many hours in the library, a semester of private instruction, and lots of trial and error led Sarah to abandon the project and to pursue the original designs that soon filled her sketchbook. Working from her home studio she began her own line, Sarah Cecelia Jewelry & Metal Goods, where she hand makes each piece. In metal work Sarah found the perfect creative avenue for her love of hand construction, sculpture, and really shiny things. Other interests include gardening, sundresses, cocktails, and complaining about winter.
Sarah lives with her husband and two children in Washington DC.