Building: W9, Arches Gallery
Media: Jewelry — metalsmithing
Background: Sharon’s formal training and former work experience was in journalism – lastly as assistant managing editor of news for Stars and Stripes – but she’s been making jewelry since she was a teen. After leaving journalism and taking metalsmithing classes at Workhouse Arts Center and elsewhere, she created slathered, her jewelry line. When she’s not blasting silver with fire and hammers, Sharon is the artist liaison at Workhouse.
Influences: Slathered pieces are formed by the gemstones or antique pieces Sharon uses — their shapes and colors guide her design. Her artistic influences include metalsmith Sydney Lynch, sculptor Alexander Calder and architect Antoni Gaudi.
Artist statement: Sharon loves jewelry because it’s an art form that needs to be touched and worn to be fully realized. She’s especially fascinated by how jewelry can represent relationships or life events, and how that applied meaning transforms jewelry into profound symbols worn for life. She thinks of her own large pieces as shields and talismans — modern-day armor and statement pieces.