Sharon Griffin is a figurative artist who specialises in ceramic sculpture and fine art painting. Sharon is directly inspired by the woodland where she often explores places in which to ‘breathe’. The textures, the smells, the secret spaces all provide a kind of ‘awakening’. Sharon uses the human figure to help communicate a sense of deeper meaning within humankind and of her own experience of being a woman. The sculptures represent a state of being; internal struggles of love, loss, displacement, vulnerability and strength.
I wish to evoke 'feeling' and mirror 'gesture' through the use of fast marks, quick making techniques and 'sketches'. My work sometimes has an unfinished quality which adds to the idea that the figure is a suggestion of a living being rather than a still ornamental object. It is important to me that my figures have an identity and are able to connect with an audience in a non physical sense.
I use clay as a sculptural medium which is used as a 3D canvas; I do sometimes sketch or draw beforehand from life, however I also do enjoy being part of the creation directly, as the sculpture reveals itself as I work. My ideas are directly conveyed into the clay using the minimum of tools while the feel of the clay in my hands as I push it around is almost part of me. Its a kind of conversation with clay.
I begin with an idea initially but I never really know where the figure will end up. The solid lump of cold wet clay emerges over time to reveal my inner thoughts and feelings. I use clay as an extended voice. An internal and external dialogue, drawing inspiration from the Shropshire Woodlands, Folklore stories and my own imaginings.
I regularly have solo shows in galleries in the UK and take part in selected ceramic fairs. Please see my exhibitions page for further details of where to find my work.
While I currently work as a figurative artist, sculptor and a visiting lecturer, I also run a pottery workshop in Wellington and welcome commissions. I am a qualified lecturer of art and have many years of experience in teaching in FE and HE.
Inside Artists magazine: issue 13, 2018
Landscape & Portrait, State of the Art series#1 Bare Hill Publications, 2014
Art Has No Borders first iArtBook, 101 Artworks featuring the Animal Kingdom, 2014
2003 MA Ceramics (diploma) University of Wolverhampton
2003 Cert Ed
1997 BA (Hons) ceramics University of Wolverhampton