Sharon Regan will return to the Pink Pod in March 2017!
Sharon Regan graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA Contemporary Applied Art. Originally from Bangor, she is now living in Donaghadee. Whilst 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 in3D 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. She creates texture on her animals by adding a handful of chopped hay to clay slip. The 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
Why clay? Sharon says she loves the way it feels, from 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 her subjects.
Clay is the perfect medium to convey the sense of strength yet fragility that is present in all her sculptures. That duality of strength and fragility fascinates Sharon.
With a strong sense of community and a desire to give something back to the town she grew up in, Sharon has instigated several creative ventures within North Down and Down District council areas. 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. She is also the Curator of 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. Her work can be found in selected Art and Craft Galleries.