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I am drawn to rusted steel, peeling paint, and faded fabric—images in a state of decay that suggest layers of history and personal stories.

Living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a rich source of inspiration for my work. The history of the steel industry in Pittsburgh is evident throughout the city, which is why steel and iron are the primary materials in my work. I appropriate the ironwork designs that I see everyday, and I allow my pieces to rust, hoping to give them the aged quality that is so attractive to me. Steel bridges, industry, and the architectural details of buildings are endlessly fascinating to me. From the beautiful, crumbling buildings on the Northside and East Liberty, to the hundreds of iron bridges I cross while exploring, the sources of inspiration are endless.

Sharon Massey is an Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Sharon’s jewelry was selected for both Schmuck 2014 and Schmuck 2015 in Munich, Germany. From 2012 to 2015 she served on the board of directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Sharon received the Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) Emerging Artist Award in 2009. Images of Sharon’s jewelry have been published in eight books, including The Art of Enameling and Art Jewelry Today 2nd and 3rd Editions. Sharon’s work is included in the collection of the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. Sharon received her BFA from Winthrop University in 1999 and her MFA from East Carolina University in 2006. She lives in a renovated commercial structure in Homer City, PA with her husband and their dogs.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.