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Jingdezhen Shadows

 in Gallery 1

December 2020

Sharon Mackey McEachern has been a practicing artist for 25 years. She works in a variety of mediums including ceramics, printmaking and painting.

Traditional blue and white willow ware evokes fond memories for many. Sharon’s latest work has been concerned with the exploration of traditional Chinese blue and white ink painting techniques and how they might be mixed with contemporary western design. The work is inspired by the simple, yet complex nature of the environment. She has taken a keen interest in exploring ways to represent light, reflection and shadows through the use of negative and positive space plus layering to achieve abstract depth and movement.Sharon’s exploration of ceramics and desire to learn new and creative techniques led her to the historically rich city of Jingdezhen, China, which has been at the very heart of fine porcelain production by master craftsmen for well over a thousand years. Here she joined artist residencies in 2017, 2018 and 2019, where she had access to the great ceramic and porcelain masters who taught ancient and modern technical skills, many of which had been handed down over hundreds of generations.

For the last 25 years, Sharon has been inspiring the next generation of artists, cultivating and developing art students as a public high school art teacher. Her work here continues.