Originally from Bangor and now living in Donaghadee, Sharon began her creative life painting in oils, mainly seascapes and landscapes, it was only after a period of illness she explored sculpture. She loved the tactile process of sculpting, the challenge of working in 3D and the problem solving associated with taking an idea through to completion. She began by making works in wire and soon began to explore clay as a medium and has never looked back. Sharon’s figurative work is often smoke fired, the clay body stressed by the process of firing representing how her figures feel, stressed and slightly damaged. Her new work is more playful and the bright colours of the underglaze reflects this. Today we talk to Sharon to find out a little more about her work.
Did you always want to be an artist? How did you get started?
While I have always been artistic, painting mainly in oils, it was only after a period of illness I turned to sculpture and the business has grown from strength to strength. Last month HRH Princess Anne was presented with one of my horse sculptures.
Who or what inspires you as an artist?
I am inspired by the wildlife & horses around me as I enjoy the outdoors, either walking the dogs or on horseback. That special moment that catches my breath and makes life pause to share a connection with a wild animal
Have any other artists been influential in your work ?
I’ve been inspired by the work of Nicola Hicks and Brendan Hesmondlagh
What makes your pieces unique?
I capture the essence/character of my subject, the strength of movement and a certain vulnerability
Is there a specific technique that you use?
To achieve the texture I combine hay with the clay. I love that I’m making these animals from mud and grass! They are fired at least twice in the kiln, the hay burns away but leaves the texture behind.
Do you have a favourite material that you work with?
Although I make larger works from metal and wire I enjoy the tactile quality of working with clay, feeling it squish beneath my fingers, stroking the clay, feeling for bones and muscles
What projects are you currently working on?
I have several pieces on display at Sculptute in Context, Dublin until 19th October
Do you have a favourite piece or one that you are most proud of?
I was extremely proud to have been commissioned to make a horse that was recently presented to HRH Princess Royal. I was also proud of a sculpture of Shergar I was commissioned to make.
Where can we buy your work?
Work can be commissioned directly from me. I also sell work in galleries throughout the north and south of Ireland. Full list of stockists available on my website www.sharonreganart.co.uk
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