After moving to Guilford, Sharon joined the Guilford Art Center to explore different medias.
"I have always loved working with my hands and clay was the first class I took and it seemed to click. What I like about this diverse media is the challenge of never really fully mastering it. After working in porcelain and learning functional ware, I wanted to work more with design and color. Travel to the southwestern US and Mexico exposed me to color combinations outside the color wheel and design from different cultures."
Sharon was then inspired to begin incorporating sculptured animals onto wheel thrown vessels. "I enjoy sculpting and incorporating personality in each individual animal. When working on an animal's face, I focus on giving each one an expression of peace and vitality."
Sharon is best known for these sculptural animal vessels. Each piece is a medley of vivid colors applied in three coats. The surface background is carved away to create a raised design effect. The scraffito designs add intrigue while complementing the shape and form of the piece.
Sharon creates a range of work, but prefers to design functional pieces that are easily cleaned in the dishwasher (except for the sculptured works) and durable for years to come. Some mugs and bowls can be used in the microwave, however, because of the iron in the clay body, the piece will retain heat and must be handled accordingly. Functional ware includes; Plates, Mugs, Bowls, Spoon Rests, Jars, Garlic Pots, Honey Pots, Chip and Dip Sets etc. The one of a kind Animal Jars are the most highly sought after in the collection. Vessels for storing animal remains include a commissioned depiction of the pet on the lid and have become a notable addition to Sharon's collection of work.
Commissioned work can be discussed. Inventory is constantly changing and most pieces are for sale. Please inquire for pricing and availability. This award winning pottery is on display at Sharon's Branford studio at 44 Hamre Lane.
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