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Sara Baldwin

 (New Ravenna)

Sara Baldwin grew up on Virginia’s rustic Eastern Shore on her family’s farm. “From childhood, we were surrounded by nature and all the inspiration that nature creates, and we were encouraged to express ourselves artistically, using whatever we could find in our environment. It was an idyllic upbringing, certainly for an artist. We had to be both respectful of, and resourceful with, our surroundings, and these principles have guided me throughout my years as a designer and a businessperson. I feel very lucky to have roots and to live in a place where beauty and inspiration seem inexhaustible.”

In 1984, Baldwin set out to study fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania, where she took her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and trained rigorously as a fine arts painter. It was here that she made her first mosaic design, a mural of Eve in the Garden of Eden. When she returned to the Eastern Shore in 1990, she launched New Ravenna with a handful of artisans. Twenty years later, New Ravenna employs 90 people and spans three city blocks in historic Exmore, Virginia. The company leads the nation in designing and manufacturing custom mosaics in stone and glass with materials imported from across the world. She later founded Sara Baldwin Design, which specializes in edited collections of product designs.

Sara still lives on the Eastern Shore and is a proud parent to her son Michael and daughter Grace. She remains close to the family and land that have brought her so much.

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