Sheila has lived and worked in Pembrokeshire for almost 20 years after leaving Ireland and having trained as a wheel thrower at Jersey Pottery where it was the process she enjoyed most for many years. She now experiments with hand building and more recently casting.
Sheila frequently use fossils and shells going back to a period in Ireland where she collected them from beaches and quarries to turn them into polished forms. Cow parsley also features strongly and she waits each year for it to appear in the Pembrokeshire hedgerows to create her delicate translucent lanterns.
Sheila’s work has evolved over the years from highly glazed earthenware to unglazed porcelain and now bone china as she is increasingly interested in smooth polished forms again, allowing the use of subtle decoration.