Sunday, July 31, 2011

Virtue Vision Ceramics

I love ceramics; one reason being that I wouldn't know the first thing about creating them.  Today's featured shop, Virtue Vision, offers absolutely gorgeous ceramic creations with evidenced skill and talent.  Owner Sharon, who is based in San Francisco, channels a fantastic imagination into her colorful one-of-a-kind pieces, sculpting everything from vases and platters to even jewelry!

Turquoise Green Ewer

CM: Tell us a bit about yourself...

SV: I’m an art activist living in San Francisco. I love to travel. My work as an artist in community development projects has taken me to Mozambique, Uganda, Brazil, and most recently Haiti. I have worked on several projects here in San Francisco. Searching for inspiration for my artwork has taken me on many journeys all over the world, the only places I haven’t been are Middle East, Japan, China, the Poles and some other countries in South America. My artwork has earned me residencies in Hawaii, Ghana and here in San Francisco, at the De Young Museum.

White and Gold Shallow Oval Platter 
CM: When and how did you start working in ceramics? Did someone teach you?

SV: In art school in the 80s in England, I was actually more into film and Media, but ended up being frustrated by the lines for equipment, so I would go down to the clay studio, which was always empty.
I sort of figured it out on my own, no classes, just occasional teachers giving tips.

Red Green Bird medium Oval plate
CM: How long does it take you to make a piece to sell?
SV: I make so many different kinds of ceramic work as well as paintings and sculpture, it can take anywhere from a few hours to years to complete a piece of work.

Orange Dandelion Vase
CM: What's the process like? Your workspace?

SV: Oh how to describe the artistic process….
Well, first there’s a lot of procrastination, at least a week, then finally in the studio lots of making things, making a mess, thinking they are really badly made, having to keep working anyway, (that is the hard part) and then deciding that was the first trial prototype, then start the whole thing over again until I make something I love. I have a tiny dark ceramic studio within a co op here in SF called Ruby’s Clay Studio. I also have a dark basement painting studio at my house. I call them the ‘Wombs of Creativity’.

Clay Poem Blue Green F
CM: What's the best thing about selling on Etsy?
SV: That completely different people you have never met want to buy your work, rather than trying to sell it to you friends …. Again!!

Green Tea Cup
CM: The most challenging?

SV: I keep forgetting what I have posted…. So have to make things over again very quickly if I get an order!!

White Cloud Open Eye Pendant

CM: What's your favorite item from your own shop right now?
SV: My ceramic pendants.

Oval Hand with Flowers Pendant- turquoise/lightblue 
CM: Do you have a favorite shop or item on Etsy? If so, which one(s)?
SV: Oh here goes I have so many favourites.
Apart from all my friends, here are some other people I have found and favourited of late…no ceramics included!!
It will continue to grow I’m sure….



Thanks so much, Sharon!  Stay tuned for more great Etsy talent!


  1. Hi!
    Wow I love this!! <3 She's talented!! :D

    I'm your newest follower - found you via the Etsy lush thread! I would love to get featured!! If you want to feature me, please email me: thegentleflower (at)

    I make jewelry! :D

    Nice to meet you and hope to hear from you soon!


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  2. Hi Christine,
    thanks so much for blogging me on the site, i will start to follow you and stay in touch.. and you can find me at too
    look forward to more connections in the future.
    sharon virtue

  3. Just love this pottery. Another great feature. Thanks Christine!