Sharon Ohlhorst has lived in the Bear River Heritage Area for 25 years. She makes polymer clay wearable art (earrings, barrettes, pendants, pins, eyeglass leashes,) and home décor items (eggs, kaleidoscopes, candle holders, business card holders, pens, key rings). She uses all local materials – including rocks or other natural items as embellishments. Some of her items incorporate traditional quilt designs and others represent local landscapes. The quilt series celebrates quilt patterns popular with a variety of Utah symbols (spirals, stick figures, representations of animals and people).
Sharon is mostly self-taught and attends yearly professional meetings to learn new skills and techniques. Polymer clay is man-made clay with tremendous versatility as an art form. Products made with the clay are very durable and can be utilitarian or ornamental. She says, “While the medium that I use is different and modern, the items I create are very similar, in my mind, to those used and worn by residents in the valley throughout its inhabitation. I believe thatCache Valley residents have always done what they could, even in simple ways, to bring beauty to their home and person.”
By appointment only or at the Cache Valley Gardener’s Market in summer