Sharon Jeter leads classes and workshops at The STUDIO and is available to teach or lecture on sight for your group or organization.
In her own words There came a point in my life where I felt as though I had accomplished all I wanted as part of a corporate organization. Though I had always nurtured the creative aspects of my self, I felt strongly that there was a way I could spend more time being creative, doing what I loved and still make a living. The path was pretty winding, and there were fits and starts, but in the spring of 1998 I decided to take the plunge and put all my time and energy into designing, producing and marketing a line of one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Being who I am, my newly found vocation was quite varied. Along the way, I discovered the years I spent in corporate and retail sales and marketing to be quite helpful. I became even more aware that I had a head for business as well as being prolifically creative. Others admired my work and wanted to learn how to be a metal smith as well. So, I put my degree in education to work and started taking students in my studio.
While exhibiting at various art shows and fairs around the country I observed many accomplished artists and crafters who’s work was amazing yet they had no idea how to display it effectively, talk with potential customers or price their work correctly. Our conversations often centered around how they might improve their displays or find the right shows for them.
The demand for my work grew and I took on a studio assistant. Not only did I teach her the technical aspects of metal smithing but I shared my business knowledge with her. After two years she went off on her own to grow her own very successful business as a jewelry designer and craftsperson. I am so incredibly proud of her!
Reflecting on that experience gave me the courage to organize my thoughts, knowledge and processes into a curriculum that I eventually dubbed Art Market. Now I organize, and teach classes and workshops where creative entrepreneurs come together to learn how to start, establish and grown their own businesses.
During this time I spent time learning ceramic hand building skills. I adore playing with mud as well as teaching others those techniques as well.
Needless to say, I absolutely love what I do. I love creating as well as sharing creativity, experience and knowledge with others. It is what gets me up in the morning and keeps me plenty busy each day. It is truly my passion.
Sharon Jeter- Lead Instructor
At a young age Rene’s core belief was that creative expression and exploration are the joyous birthright of every person not just a chosen few.
In her high school years at Nazareth Academy Rene continued to pursue her interests in theatre, dance and the visual arts. She was fortunate to attend such higher learning facilities as the University of Rochester, Brockport State College, Damien College and Nazareth College.
Rene received her Master of Science Degree in Art Education from Nazareth College while teaching a pilot program in the Performing Arts for the Rochester City School District. At this remarkable time in her life she was also a principle dancer with the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble.
After receiving her NY state certification in K-12 Art Education and K-6 classroom education, Rene switched from Performing Arts to the Visual Arts for her 25 remaining years with the Rochester City School District. She feels honored to have taught thousands of students the possibilities of their imaginations with paint, clay, printmaking inks and every kind of drawing tool. She is proud to have had the huge responsibility of developing a non-threating, inspirational environment for children and student art teachers to appreciate art.
After retiring from teaching Rene became a student of Sharon’s and eventually became a resident artist at TheSTUDIO where she continues to explore her own work in ceramics as well as other media. She also offers instruction in ceramics to school aged children.
Rene’s work can be found at The Studio Rochester and ?????? in the Hungerford Building located on East Main Street.
In the spring of 1982, Colette received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University, in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. While there, she worked as a teaching assistant for watercolor and stained glass, and displayed her work in the Boston City Hall Show. Following graduation, Colette was the curator for Impressions Workshop in Boston. She moved to Chestertown, Maryland in the fall, to work as an art therapist for the Kent Learning Center. She worked also as an art technician with the Kamar-Milton Studios.
From 1984 to 1988 Colette was the art teacher at Kent School in Chestertown. While living in Maryland, her work was exhibited at the Kamar-Milton Gallery, Washington College and Finishing Touch Gallery.
After her daughter was born in 1988, Colette moved to Sweden where she studied the Swedish language and culture in Uppsala. She returned to the United States in September 1990, moving to Rochester, New York. While in Rochester, her work has been shown at the Memorial Art Gallery Shop and Brown’s Race Center at High Falls, and the Massoni-Sommers Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland.
Several years ago Colette began studying hand built ceramics to try something different. Experimenting with a new material and working 3 D has been very rewarding for her. Recently, she became a resident artist at TheSTUDIO.