Museum of Brisbane

Artist Profile: Sharon Muir


Originally from Melbourne, Sharon Muir is a Brisbane based ceramic artist who creates a range of modernist inspired homewares, including striking vases, dishes and pots for indoor plants. She has exhibited her ceramic sculptures both nationally and internationally and currently stocks her amazing designs in the MoB Shop. We recently spoke to Sharon to see what she was up to in the lead-up to Christmas along with new projects she is working on.


Where did your love for ceramics come from? And what made you want to pursue a career in hand-made ceramics/pottery?

Ceramics wasn’t something I ever really made a definitive decision to pursue. I grew up during a big ceramics resurgence close to Potters Cottage in Warrandyte Melbourne. My family made pottery, I made pots at primary school and high school. Pottery was just always there and something I always did. I decided to study art and completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art Ceramics. After that I just kept making pots I love the possibilities the medium offers from sculptural to functional forms and the seductive qualities of glaze.


Where does your inspiration come from for the designs you create?

I’m lucky to travel often and that is my greatest source of inspiration-from museums to street graffiti. My sources can be ancient or contemporary – I always find something inventive and creative in historical and contemporary ceramics.


What does a typical day in the studio look like?

I’m not sure there is a typical day! Unless messy counts. I work on a lot of different things at the same time – I’ll load a kiln to be fired, then turn to making a new piece, or glazing an existing one.


What’s next for Sharon Muir Ceramics?

Well I think 2020 will be a big year! I’m looking forward to some time off after the busy season then I’m excited about exploring some new directions in the studio.