Sharon Massey

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Sharon Massey


1977, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Training / Education:

  • East Carolina University, MFA Metal Design, 2003-2006
  • Winthrop University, BFA Sculpture, 1996-1999

Work Experience:

  • Purdue University, Visiting Instructor, 2008-2009
  • Interlochen Arts Academy, Instructor, 2006-2008

Exhibitions (Solo & Group Shows):

  • 2008 SOFA Chicago, represented by Charon Kransen Arts, group show, Chicago, IL
  • 2008 Metal Inclinations, group show, on line
  • 2008 The Pendant Show, group show, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008 Adornment for the 21st Century, group show, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    curated by Charon Kransen
  • 2008 TAG Badge Exhibition, group show, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2008 The Pioneers of Art Jewellery from America, Japan Jewelry Design Association Biennale Exhibition, group show, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008 Spoils: In Support of Society of North American Goldsmiths, group show, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
  • 2008 SOFA New York, represented by Charon Kransen, group show, New York, NY
  • 2008 Refined Abundance, group show, Nacogdoches, TX
  • 2007 SOFA Chicago, represented by Charon Kransen Arts, group show, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Materials: Hard & Soft, group show, Denton, TX
  • 2007 Metalsmiths Linking: A Cross Cultural Exchange, groups show, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007 Material Alchemy, group show, Baltimore, MD
  • 2007 The New Steel, group show, Memphis, TN
  • 2007 The Earring Show, group show, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006 RAM's Tales: Women Jewelers from the Permanent Collection, group show, Racine, WI
  • 2006 The Necklace Show, group show, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006 On Fire: Contemporary Enameling, group show, Baltimore, MD
  • 2006 Parameters of Preciousness, group show, Glen Ellyn IL
  • 2006 Vitreousity: Visions in Enameling, group show, San Diego, CA
  • 2006 Golden Opportunity, group show, Chicago, IL
  • 2006 Adornment, Ornament, Sentiment, solo show, Greenville, NC
  • 2006 The Arsenal Metals and Enamels Exhibition, group show, Columbus, OH
  • 2006 Crafts National, group show, Lancaster, PA
  • 2005 Craft USA '05, group show, New Canaan, CT
  • 2005 Made in America, group show, Rochester, NY
  • 2005 .925 + Ingenuity = Art Jewelry, group show, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
  • 2005 Multiple Palettes/Varied Vision, group show, Eugene, OR
  • 2005 200 Rings, traveling group show, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA; Obsidian Gallery, Tuscan, AZ; Gallery M, Cleveland, OH; Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME; Faceré Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 Hammer & Hand, group show, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2004 Playing With Fire: Glass on Metal, group show, San Diego, CA

Awards / Grants:

  • 2008 First Place, Refined: Abundance exhibition
  • 2008 Juror's Award, Materials: Hard & Soft Exhibition

Collections (Private & Museum):

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
  • Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, USA
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA


  • Textile Jewellery, 2009
  • 500 Enameled Objects, 2009
  • Art Jewelry Today 2nd Edition, 2008
  • 500 Pendants and Lockets, 2008
  • 500 Earrings, 2007
  • 500 Necklaces, 2007
  • 1000 Rings, 2004
  • The Art of Enameling, 2004

Artist Statement:

I seek to pay homage to goldsmithing traditions through technique and format, while challenging conventional materials and their value. I combine decorative ironwork with stiffened cotton muslin, allowing the iron to rust onto the fabric. I borrow historical ornamental motifs and reinterpret them to suggest a feeling of familiarity, as well as the passage of time. The content of my work lies in its use of appropriation and material innovation.