Sally Shepherd Holt was born June 15, 1873, and began studying art at Newcomb College in 1895. With the exception of the 1913–14 academic session, she served uninterruptedly as an Art Craftsman for the Newcomb Pottery enterprise between 1910 and 1929. A multitalented artist, Holt distinguished herself in a number of mediums that included potter decoration, bookbinding, and stained glass, particularly beaded lampshades. Like her teacher, Mary Given Sheerer, Sally Holt was a notable china painter.
Sally Shepherd Holt died on August 20, 1965 at the age of 92.