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.