Sharon Jones (ceramic engineer and tile artist) is an artist, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Seattle, she is drawn to the outdoors and holds an MS degree in Materials and Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington. Her experience as an engineer, teacher, and artist make her art unique and versatile. Her beautiful tiles and mosaics range from single framed tiles to a 75 ft. public art mural created from 2300 tiles in Wilmington, Delaware depicting cultural and historic events of that area. Now living in Pendleton, South Carolina, she has offered her skills as a mentor, tutor and volunteer in addition to her professional career.
Sharon’s interest in the Church Street Heritage Project was piqued around the time of the production of the documentary film honoring the era. Several years later when the public art team was forming, she was mentioned by a colleague at Tri-county Tech as a potential resource for the group because of her artistic talent and knowledge of materials for the outdoors. She brought much more than that to the effort as she did her own primary research about the era and worked with Scott Foster to design and implement the final mosaics. From shaping the clay to glazing, firing and the final phase of placement and grouting, Sharon’s skill set proved invaluable to the team.
Sharon is a founding member of the award winning Art Gallery on Pendleton Square. She was recently commissioned by the University of South Carolina to create a mosaic of the Gamecock which is featured in the President’s Box at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.