Melanie Sherman

Melanie Sherman

Operating well within the realm of functional beauty that William Morris upheld, Sherman states, “I am attracted to the enameled and lustered surfaces of the Baroque, Renaissance, and Rococo porcelain designs, as well as to elaborations on structural elements of these time periods. Studying the history of ceramics, I have been captivated by the relationship between East and West. Although there might be considerable differences between two civilizations, the cultural exchange between them is an important connector of history and has produced a long and rich exchange of ideas between artists and makers. Asian craft traditions have been handed down to the West and the handmade aspect, even within the factory setting, is still an important concept that allows for control of design and quality by the artist, which is essential within craft of the West.”

Sherman is a ceramic artist, born in Germany, and currently residing and working in Kansas City, Missouri. Her background is in graphic design, where she developed an eye for pattern and decoration. She combines a love for ornamentation with her fascination of ceramic history, referencing 18th century European porcelain. Sherman has been a resident at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana; Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado; and Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. She has exhibited her work internationally, including in Hungary, Canada, and the US, and was awarded the 2014 Windgate Fellowship by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

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