Sharon Mikkelson
Beautiful Cache Valley is 90 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. I came here to attend Utah State University in the early 1970s and loved the area so much that I have made it my home. I grew up in an artistic family. My mother was a dance teacher and encouraged all forms of self expression. When I got to college and took a pottery class, I knew that this was something that I wanted to pursue. After graduating with an MFA in Ceramics and Textiles, I went on to create my own studio, and have been a working potter since that time. I like to incorporate images from nature in my work. I am interested in the symbiotic relationship between man and the natural world. I try to create rhythms, textures and movements across the surface of my pots. Whether it is horses racing around a bowl or birds in flight, I see them in a great cosmic dance. Over the years, I have migrated to working exclusively with porcelain. I try to create a classical elegance in my forms and love the richness and clarity of porcelain glazes. The functional aspect of my work enhances the value. I want to create beautiful pieces that are a joy to use, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Each piece is handmade, wheel thrown or hand built, and then high fired to cone 10 (2380F). All glazes are lead free and nontoxic. They are designed to be used, and with care, should last a lifetime.