Joan Sharma

Joan Sharma

My early work was in wood and I aimed to work accurately from clay model to produce realistic human forms. Over the years I have moved to working mainly in stone and have enjoyed becoming freer and increasingly abstract. I begin with an initial idea and then develop this directly with the stone. For larger pieces I often start with power tools to shape the bulk of the stone but then enjoy the process of using hand tools to find the lines, smooth curves and rough surfaces that feel “right” for the material. I have had a limited edition of bronzes cast recently. An ongoing interest is producing lettering pieces with lines from my favourite poems. It feels as though I own the poem when I’ve captured some of its words in stone. I am a founder member of the Shapeshifter Sculpture Group and a member of the Birmingham Art Circle. Image: Protean Flow Hoptonwood Limestone on a slate base 38 x 12 x 34 (ht) cm