Stone Garden Studio – “Enliven Your Life With Pottery”
Sharon was born in Toronto where she grew up before marrying and travelling around Canada. Over the years Vancouver, Whitehorse and Thunder Bay were all home until she moved permanently to live in Haliburton County, Ontario twenty-five years ago. Like so many others she knew the area from spending summers there at the family cottage.
Her first art teacher was her father, a commercial artist and gallery owner and throughout her early years Sharon took advantage of art classes whenever possible. Drawing and painting were her first loves and she began working with water colours while living in Thunder Bay. Her current pottery reflects her painting background as many of her designs are hand painted in colourful underglazes.
For Sharon, clay was love at first touch and since the first encounter she has studied pottery-making and sculpture at Fleming College and through self-directed learning. “Clay is an amazingly versatile and universal medium,” she notes. “You can sculpt, carve and paint it as well as throw and roll it, creating pieces from very large to very small that can be used indoor as well as outside.” Working almost exclusively with speckle stone ware, Sharon creates a variety of pots for everyday use and more fanciful pieces to accent the garden. The manganese specks in the clay adds interest and texture to her work and has been well received by the public.
She is a founding member of The Art Hive, where she has exhibited and sold her work for five years and taught hand-building workshops for children and adults. She has also sold through The Rails End Gallery in Haliburton and on the Haliburton Tour de Forest Studio Tour. Her pottery is featured on www.MadeInHaliburton.ca.
On May 18 2012 Sharon opened her home-based studio at 64 Eastern Avenue in the village of Haliburton.