Welcome to the website of Steve Sheridan. I am a Potter living in the urbanised wilds of the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. I have been potting now for about 40 years: after initial training and working here in Australia I took my family on an adventure through the Middle Kingdom of China before we ended up in the UK, where we lived and taught for nearly 15 years. In 1998 we returned to Australia and in 2001 built the Studio here at Wentworth Falls.
I am committed to the integrity of materials. To my mind the magic of ceramics stems from the process of transformation: the gathering together of fragments of rocks, ashes and clays, and blending them in mixtures which are then melted in the searing heat of the kiln to produce objects of fragile beauty for the delight and use of man – this is the potters art. For me this establishes an intimate connection to landscape, as a source of materials, and enables through the transformation of fire an expression of the particular character of each material. The pots that are a product of this process have a unique narrative that is enhanced by their need to be used in daily domestic life.
I'm very fortunate to have my workshop situated here on a hill above Jamison Creek, with a long view down the valley and the Darwin Walk meandering along beside the creek.
I built the workshop in 2001. It is constructed of mud-bricks, or more accurately mud blocks; each block is 600x300x250mm, which means the walls are very solid and give a fantastic thermal performance - inside it remains cool in the heat of summer, and in winter when the sun streams through the north facing windows I don't need a heater on till the sun goes down. It is a lovely calm and peaceful place in which to work, and each day I count my blessings in being there.
Contact me to visit the workshop and showroom