After over 25 years of exploration and experimentation, ceramist Sharon Levy of ANCIENT ECHOS ARTS has produced a variety of works incorporating ancient and modern methods, materials and techniques. She uses these methods and materials in contemporary ways to interpret the world around her: physically, spiritually, and religiously. She sees her wheel-thrown and hand-built sculptural bowls as offertory in nature with a spiritual connection to the inspiration of pioneering eastern ceramists. As a student of history, Levy’s sculpture is strongly influenced by her interest in ancient Eastern and Middle-Eastern artifacts. One can see echoes of textures and motifs found in early Middle-Eastern civilizations as well as fluidity of form found in Korean Silla Dynasty vessels. By using coiling methods her work expands on the universality of clay as a timeless expression of strength and beauty.
After experimenting with many clay bodies, Levy settled on stoneware because it is hard, durable and tough enough to stand up to the elements. In addition, should anyone wish to use the sculpture or vessel in a functional manner, the material would support such a choice.
Color has also played an important role in Levy’s choices. Her sculptures rely primarily on copper to connect with the patinaed surfaces found in archeological digs world-wide. In addition, iron is celebrated and used for the intrinsic visual strength it conveys.