Joan Sharma

Joan Sharma

Joan was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 2013. She is a founder member of the Shapeshifter Sculpture Group and a member of the Birmingham Art Circle. Joan’s early work was in wood and she aimed to work accurately from clay models to produce realistic human forms. Over the years she has moved to working mainly in stone and has enjoyed becoming freer and increasingly abstract. She begins with an initial idea and then develops this directly with the stone. For larger pieces Joan often starts with power tools to shape the bulk of the stone but then enjoys the process of using hand tools to find the lines, smooth curves and rough surfaces that feel “right” for the material. Joan has recently had a limited edition of bronzes cast. An ongoing interest is producing lettering pieces with lines from her favourite poems and states "It feels as though I own the poem when I’ve captured some of its words in stone."