In his delicately rendered sculptures Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers, and to make them see things fresh. Primarily a self-taught artist, Sherrill moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to the Western North Carolina mountains in 1974. His early influences came from the North Carolina folk pottery tradition and the community surrounding Penland School of Crafts and the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. Sherrill began his career by making functional clay vessels in the 1970s and 1980s, but his desire for continued growth led him to create altered vessels of more abstracted form in the 1990s. Ultimately he shifted his focus to multimedia sculptures inspired by nature, as seen in Temple of the Cool Beauty (Yucca). He explores the beauty in natural growth and decay with bright colors, often through painstaking technical processes. Sherrill’s exceptional skill is based in his innovative approach to using tools, technology, and his keen sense of materials together to achieve what he calls his “natural narratives.”
Michael Sherrill will also be leading a Hands in Clay Workshop, The Unified Object – Color, Form, Surface on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2020.
Image: Michael Sherrill, “Old Man’s Beard” detail 2014 31” x 31” x 38” Porcelain, silica bronze