Hello, my name is Sheryl Sherwood and I am a life-long artist. Since childhood I have worked in a variety of mediums; all the while searching for a creative medium to call my "passion". While taking a class from a local potter in 2011, I fell in love with clay and all its possibilities.
Retired from two careers, my work experiences are deeply embedded in each organic clay piece. The first, an environmental agency, raised my awareness and appreciation for the world that has been put in our care. The second was as an elementary teacher of blind and visually impaired students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, in St. Augustine, Florida. In this career I taught students to use tactile forms to enhance their day-to-day learning and encouraged their own creativity in class and in the art club I co-sponsored.
It was truly God's plan that I found clay to be my creative outlet. Each uniquely designed piece is hand-coiled and combines my love of scripture, work, and life experiences. Because of my experience with blind and visually impaired children and adults, I use natural and recyclable materials to make texture and carvings that allow them to "see" the art for themselves. My goal is that every pot keep its most organic form, while including movement, texture, and carvings for visual and tactile appeal. I also share words of hope on print/Braille scripture cards that accompany each piece.
I am a member of the St. Augustine Art Association where I have participated in a number of shows, including the Annual Tactile Art Show. I'm also a member of the Clay Network, Christians in Visual Arts (CIVA), and Ceramic Arts Network. My work is also displayed at the PAStA Fine Art Gallery at 214 Charlotte Street, St. Augustine, Florida.