Sharon Regan - Ceramicist
Sharon Regan is a very special person and artist, a true believer in promoting creativity in every person, she has been very active in the Northern Ireland creative community in bringing people together and helping other artists and craft designers.
Why clay? Sharon loves the way it feels, the squidge of the wet clay, the stroking and caressing the clay, feeling for imaginary bones and muscles, then finally animating, bringing out the character/personality of my subjects. Clay is the perfect medium to convey the sense of strength yet fragility that is present in all her sculptures.
Sharon graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA Contemporary Applied Art.
It was only after a period of illness that Sharon explored sculpture. That illness, at the time, seemed like negative time in her life but actually opened the door to a much more fulfilling life.
The texture on the animals is created by adding a handful of chopped hay to clay slip.
When out walking the dogs or exploring country lanes on horseback Sharon loves those special moments when she catches sight of a wild animal, it feels like a gift to see a hare watching me or foxes playing as the sun sets and I love to watch the horses playing in the field and showing off. My sculptures aim to capture that special moment and bring the outdoors indoors.
Sharon was the co-ordinator of Castle Ward Art & Craft Studios for 4 years, growing a community of artists and creatives within the Farm Yard at Castle Ward, Strangford. Sharon also curates ForM Sculpture Exhibition, set in Bangor Castle Walled Garden in June, now in its 4th year.
As well as exhibiting locally Sharon has exhibited in Dublin and New York.