Sharon Church is a studio jeweler and Professor Emerita, Craft + Material Studies, School of Art, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. from Skidmore College in 1970 and earned her M.F.A. at The School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1973. Before teaching at what was then The Philadelphia College of Art, she was a limited production studio jeweler. As a practicing artist, she enjoys the rich exchange that characterizes the community of studio artists who currently reside in Philadelphia.
As a studio jeweler, I make adornment that girds the wearer, jewelry that embodies shimmering beauty along with its dark, damp and mysterious underpinnings. My jewelry forms are inspired by nature; they have evolved from seed and a division of cells and burst with life. I work intuitively, with materials that once were alive and now are dead. Bone, horn and wood - they physically embody the cycle of birth, life, death and renewal and speak to the riddle of our existence.