Joan Sharma’s primary works were with wood and she aimed to work accurately from clay to produce realistic human forms. Over the years Sharma has moved to working mainly in stone and has enjoyed this free abstraction. She begins with an initial idea and develops this directly with the stone. For larger pieces, Joan often starts with power tools to shape the bulk of the stone but enjoys the process of using hand tools to find the lines, smooth curves and rough surfaces that feel “right” for the material. She has also experimented and worked with bronze casts.
An ongoing interest of hers is producing lettering pieces with lines from personal and favourites poems. She feels as if she owns the poem when it has been captured in stone. As well as being a Member of the RBSA, Sharma is a founder Member of the Shapeshifter Sculpture Group and a Member of the Birmingham Art Circle.