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Sharon Griffin



handbuilt stoneware
50cm high

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. My ideas, feelings and thoughts are directly conveyed into the clay using the minimum of tools. The clay picks up every gestural mark, mirroring me and I push it around.

The clay is almost part of me. Its my friend. a connectivity. A way of self expression without words.

Sharon Griffin is a figurative artist who specialises in ceramic sculpture directly inspired by the woodland where she often explores places in which to ‘breathe’. The textures, smells, the secret spaces all provide an ‘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.

Sharon studied ceramics at University of Wolverhampton gaining both a BA (hons) and an MA and has exhibited extensively in the UK and also in Paris. 

Using clay as a sculptural medium; a 3D canvas, preliminary sketches in 2D and drawings from life inform her work, helping ideas evolve. Once in the workshop however, when the clay is being worked with directly, the sculpture is allowed to reveal itself as it is worked with: a conversation with clay.

Sharon is exhibiting a collection of her sculptures at Cornwall Contemporary in June and July 2024 in an exhibition alongside Alasdair Lindsay’s paintings.

Sharon is a selected Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (MRSS)

Publications: Inside Artists magazine: issue 13, 2018, Landscape & Portrait, State of the Art series#1 Bare Hill Publications,  2014,  Art Has No Borders first ArtBook, 101 Artworks featuring the Animal Kingdom, 2014

Cornwall Contemporary

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