Sharon’s first exposure to ceramic arts came when she was a child and her family visited Blue
Mountain Pottery in Collingwood. Gazing through the viewing window, she was mesmerised by
the potters at work and marvelled at their ability to use the wheel to turn chunks of mud into
mugs and bowls.
Many years later, her husband surprised her one Christmas with a gift certificate for a few
throwing lessons, and Sharon was hooked. She soon got a second-hand kiln and a hand me
down homemade wheel, and began playing with clay in between raising her children, gardening
with a passion, and working as an elementary teacher.
Apart from those initial few lessons, Sharon is largely self-taught. She enjoys experimenting with
different clays, techniques and glazes, constantly bringing out new pieces and styles, as well as
exploring other artforms. Her mind is constantly bombarded with new and innovative ideas and
she loves the challenge of making them become a reality.
Every piece is intentionally and lovingly created a little different from the next. She encourages
buyers to hold the mugs and other clay creations to ensure that they feel right in the individual’s
Her work is heavily influenced by the natural and rustic surroundings of Muskoka, and in
particular by her love of trees. Now retired from teaching, she is able to pursue her love of art
with an even greater zeal, playing with clay just as she had once dreamed of doing.
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