Sharon Baldry was born in Hackney, London in 1960. Having trained as a commercial artist she quickly became disheartened with the restricted creativity and began to sell her own watercolour paintings.
For many years she specialised in botanical studies and has exhibited with the Royal Horticultural Society at the Mall Galleries, London.
Her original work is in private collections, as well as in print, worldwide. Having experimented in many forms of creative media, she has found great pleasure in working with stained glass designs.
At the moment she favours the versatile copper foil technique. This is where each piece of glass, once the edges are ground to a smooth finish, is wrapped in a copper foil tape before being soldered together.
The unique beauty of the glass, with its rich, yet transparent colour, responds to the movement of its surroundings, creating a shimmering, jewel-like quality. Her designs are then decorated with fine silver scroll-work, which is soldered into place and enhanced with beads to create a one off piece or work, giving a contemporary view to the traditional use of stained glass.
Some designs have a textured ivory mound surround, edges in a silver or gold slip. Alternatively the stained glass design is contained within mirrors and plain glass.
New to Whitby Galleries in 2006, Sharon’s work, apart from the frame, is totally hand-made, thus creating an original and unique piece of art.