Biography

 

Sharon was born in 1975 in Telford, Shropshire .

 

  Sharon had many fond memories of growing up in the 1970s and 80s, enjoying freedom to explore the then new estate in Telford which was Woodside; built  specifically to provide affordable homes in the area for the overspill of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Liverpool people. The Woodside estate was situated on the outskirts of Ironbridge, The Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, The Silkin Way; a network of pathways and walkways through endless woodlands. Lots of fond memories of outdoors activities with parents and siblings of the woodlands and dog walks, fruit picking and understanding about nature and wildlife has had a lasting impact of Sharon's life.

At times, life at home was difficult. Sharon's Mother was often ill and Sharon turned to her school teachers and peers for distraction. Attending New College and then Shrewsbury Art College, Sharon studied Ceramics at the University of Wolverhampton.

..."My college and University tutors were fantastic. Melanie Brown was a massive influence and much needed support within my last year of my ceramics degree course who helped me to complete my Degree. Later Gwen Heeney, David Jones and Mel Brown provided further support in terms of opportunities for exhibitions and networking events with the Wedgewood Museum as part of the Wolves Alumini.  

Sharon had a sell out show with the University at Art In Clay, Hatfield in 1997.

..."At this time, my work was a direct response to a Telford Car Parts factory Where I was employed at Part -time. The environment there was disgusting. It was dirty, smokey,  bleak and physically hard work (12 hour continental shifts) nights and days... But was filled with hard working men who I became fond of. These people became my extended family..."

The factory workers impacted Sharon's work greatly in terms of their behaviour and interaction towards one another.

Sharon's experience of being the only female in a factory setting gave a unique insight into how men interacted physically and emotionally within a confined space. This led to a development in Sharon's work and a move towards figurative sculpture.

Sharon went on to study a Masters in ceramics and focused on the figure and face with themes of identity. Paintings and studies of working men and women within the working class helped to form the basis of her figures and led to questions within British Society, culture, race and gender.

Between studies, Sharon started a family of her own and became employed as an Art and Design Lecturer at Telford College of  Arts & Technology.

…"working as a Lecturer and having a young family took up most of my time and my artwork fitted in when I had a moment to myself...which was rare! My art became an art therapy..."

During 2011 Sharon went through a major tragedy with the birth and death of her son which acted as the catalyst for a major focus on her own work.

In 2014, Sharon Left teaching and became a full time sculptor...." To be able to work with clay on a daily basis is mind-blowingly brilliant. My search for the essence that makes us human is ever elusive and it will continue to be a fascination and passion for me..."

Sharon continues to aspire, to educate and introduce art to a wider audience within her community and to continues to search for a deeper meaning within her life through the exploration in clay.

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