Arun Sharma

Curriculum Vitae




Education and Research


MA Ceramics, Distinction, National Centre for Ceramic Studies Wales, Cardiff School of Art and Design, University of Wales Institute, UK (2010-2011 Fulbright Award).


Master of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics & Sculpture), Minor in Art History, cum laude, School of Art & Design New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York






Solo Exhibitions


(de)composition: lovers, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, Australia  

Made in Japan, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney, Australia 



100 Flowers Campaign, Monarch Contemporary Gallery,Seattle, Washington, USA

(de)composition, Monarch Contemporary Gallery, Seattle, WA 

The Fragmented Figure, Georgetown Arts Center Gallery, Seattle, WA 


(de)composition, 3D4M Gallery, Seattle, WA 


Untitled (Bodies and Babies), Mixed Media Installation, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia

Untitled (Bones  and Babies), Sculpture, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia  

Minds Studio, Mixed Media Installation, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia


Culture Undefined, Indoor/ Outdoor Installation, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne


Is Purity Possible? Neutron Gallery, Kyoto, Japan


Impulse, Holmes Auditorium, Alfred, New York, USA                                                   

Celebratory Cycles, Snodgrass Room, Alfred, New York                                           

Star Maps, Scholes Library, Alfred, New York















Selected Group Exhibitions


Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, Sydney, NSW, Australia 

Sculpture 2013, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Quietude, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon, USA

A.R.P. Exhibition, coinciding with Art Month, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Sculpture by the Sea: Aarhus, Denmark

Solid Grounds IIAt The Vanishing Point Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Enucleo, 146 Artspace, Hobart, TAS, Australia

EnucleoSawtooth ARILaunceston, TAS, Australia  

Beyond Borders, NCECA, ArtXchange Gallery,  Seattle, USA

6th World Ceramic Biennale 2011 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition, World Ceramic Exposition, Korea

7th International Biannual of Ceramics, City of Kapfenberg, Austria. 

National Centre for Ceramic Studies Wales, Cardiff School of Art and Design, University of Wales Institute, UK  

Craft in the Bay Summer Show, Makers Guild in Wales, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, UK.

2011 Global Scholars Symposium (Churchill, Clarendon, Commonwealth, Gates, Fulbright, Marshall and Rhodes scholars) University of Oxford, Rhodes House, England, UK 


Post-Glass Video Festival, International Traveling Exhibition commencing at Heller Gallery,New York, NY, proceeding onto to Seattle, Sydney etc

BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA 

Pratt Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Pratt Gallery, Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA

25th Annual Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

Evolving Structures, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR

Contemporary Clay Biennial, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO 

Toronto Arts & Fashion Week, Studio City, Toronto, Canada  

ArtXchange American/Asian Artists Show, Seattle City Hall, Seattle, WA 

To Die For, NCECA 2010, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Second Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE 

Clay? III, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA  

10th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Downtown Gallery, Kent State Univ., Kent, OH 

Eight Fluid Ounces 2010, Louisiana State University: Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA  



CraftForms 2009: 15th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 

(de)constructing Men, three person show with Cory Peeke and Grego Rachko, Arts West Gallery, Seattle, WA 

2nd Lillstreet International, Drink : Functional Forms for Every Libation, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago,IL

2009 Emerging Artists Exchange, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA            

5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition, World Ceramic Exposition, Korea                                   

American/Asian: A Tale of New Cultures, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA 

University of Washington MFA Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA 

Beyond the Brickyard, juried by Patti Warashina, Archie Bray Foundationa, Helena, Montana

36th National Juried Photography Competition, juror Ellen Garvins, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA


A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson, New York 

MFA Candidate Exhibition, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Washington 

Second Year Graduate Show, 3D4M Gallery, Seattle, Washington 

Flashforward, Coupling VI, Ouch My Eye, Seattle, Washington 

First Year Graduate Show, Ceramic Metal Arts Gallery, Seattle, Washington


End of Year Exhibition, Wall Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

Symbiotics, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

In The Beginning… Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill, Australia  

Defining Spaces, Outdoor Public Sculpture Show, Moreland, Victoria, Australia 

Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award (juried exhibition), Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Australia


Studies, Kei Studio, Kadomashi, Osaka, Japan


2002 Tokyo - New York Ceramic Art Exhibition, New York, New York



Residencies, Commissions and Awards
















Artist in Resident, National Art School, Sydney, Australia 

Artist in Resident, Godsbanen, Aarhus, Denmark

Artist in Resident, GuldagergaardSkælskør, Denmark

NSW Artists' Grant Program, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), Australia

New Work- Visual Arts Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia

Artist in Resident, Artist Residency Program (A.R.P.), Sydney, Australia

Finalist, 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Australia

Ceramic Award, Honorable Mention, 6th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Korea 

Fulbright Full Grant 2010-2011, US-UK Fulbright Commission

Artist in Resident, 911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA

Individual Artist Project Grant, 4Culture, Seattle, WA 

smART Ventures Grant, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA                                                                                                                                  

2009/2010 PONCHO Artist In Resident, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA 

Ceramic Award, Honorable Mention, 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Korea


Graduate Student Travel Award, Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation, University of Washington, Seattle 

Nominee, 2009 Dedalus Foundation M.F.A. Fellowship, nominated by Akio Takamori, Dedalus Foundation, NY, New York 

Kottler-Noritake Scholarship Award, University of Washington 

Scholarship for Scholars Award, University of Washington


Top Graduate Recruitment Scholarship, University of Washington


Finalist for the Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Australia 

Nominee, Spirit of Moonee Valley Award: Arts and Culture, City of Moonee Valley, Australia 

Finalist, In the Beginning…(exhibition), Chapel on Station Gallery, Australia 

Sculpture Commission, Moonee Valley Council, Commonwealth Games, Moonee Valley,Australia


Artist in Resident, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia


Honorable Mention, New York - Tokyo Ceramic Art Exhibition, New York City, New York



Alfred University Presidents Dinner, Alfred, New York








Professional Experience 

Artist Talks, 7th World Ceramic Biennale 2013 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Korea 

Presenter, Subversive Clay, Australian Ceramics Triennial, Adelaide, Australia

Visiting Artist, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Guest Lecturer, National Centre for Ceramic Studies Wales, Cardiff School of Art and Design, University of Wales Institute, UK 

Visiting Artist, Harrows School of Art, University of Westminster, England, UK 



Visiting Artist, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, North Carolina, USA

                                                                                                                             Visiting Artist, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon, USA


Instructor of Record - Foundations, Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle          

Graduate Teacher’s Assistant with Akio Takamori, University of Washington


Pottery and Sculpture Teacher, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia


Studio Manager, Okiraku ceramic school and studio, Kyoto, Japan


Studio Assistant, Kei Studios, Kadomashi, Osaka, Japan


Pottery and Sculpture Teacher, Chamber’s Street Pottery, New York, USA


Studio Assistant, 53rd Street YWCA, New York, USA


Ceramic Specialist, 92nd Street Y, New York, USA


Production Potter & Studio Assistant, Purcell’s Cove Pottery, Halifax, Canada


Studio Assistant, Paul Chaleff: Sculptor, Ankrum, NY





Luna, Rikke."Composing the Unpredictable." I Do Art. May 19, 2013. Web.

Beyond Borders: Stylistic Potpourri from Wales, Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 89. 2012, by: Judy Seckler

Bent without Breaking, Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 84. 2011, by: Suzanne Beal

500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form, Lark Books, 2010 

Out Of The Kiln, Seattle Weekly, Seattle, Washington. April 7-13, 2010, page 22, by: Brian Miller 

Nightingale Gallery Showcases Seattle Artist. The Voice, La Grande, Oregon. Nov.12, 2009, Volume 89, Issue 3, page 9, by: Cory Peeke

Feature Article on “100 Flowers Campaign”, Direct Art Magazine, Vol 16. Hudson, New York 

Exhibition catalogue, 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Korea  

Exhibition catalogue. Symbiotics, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. July 2006 

Exhibition Confronts Life and Death. Fairfax Community News, Melbourne, Australia. July 11, 2006 

Strength of Life Cycle. Moonee Valley Leader, Moonee Valley, Australia. July 10, 2006 

Exhibition catalogue. Moreland Sculpture Show, Moreland, Australia. April 2006 

Exhibition catalogue. Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Shepparton, Australia. February 2006 

In the Mind of the Artist. Fairfax Community News, Melbourne, Australia. January 31, 2006 

Art for Top Award. Moonee Valley Leader, Moonee Valley, Australia. January 16, 2006 

A New York State of Mind for Art. Fairfax Community News, Melbourne, Australia. August 2005