At Sorrento Stoneware we make two kinds of pots, Mark Hemmingson’s contemporary domestic wares, and Sheryl Willson’s one-of-a-kind pieces.
Mark makes a line of pottery for the kitchen and for serving. Sheryl glazes all our wares and makes limited editions of unique platters, and specialty pieces.
We create in a spirit of tradition and experimentation. Each year we grow and evolve as artists, and so does our work. When you come to our sales you will find things you can always find, as well as original items we may never make again. It is this light of stability and creativity that guides us as we explore this incredible art form.
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SHERYL WILLSON trained in Graphic Design at Capilano College in North Vancouver from 1985 to 1988. She began to focus on ceramics in 1999 while completing the Fine Arts program at Langara College in Vancouver. Sheryl received awards in Design, Sculpture, and Ceramics in her final at Langara. From 2001 to 2003 she worked at The Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island as Exhibitions Coordinator. Sheryl moved to Sorrento in 2004 where she works full-time in pottery.
MARK HEMMINGSON completed his bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the University of British Columbia in 1989. From 1996 to 2003 he worked in stained glass doing traditional and abstract work, which has been mounted across Canada and the United States. He has also worked on and off in social work in the Vancouver area. In 2004, when Mark and Sheryl moved to Sorrento, he began a new journey in pottery, setting up a studio, and learning the ins and outs of pottery.