Sondra Sherman was drawn to jewellery by the inherent and socially interconnecting meanings of personal adornment. Jewellery, she suggests, invites a broad audience to a conversation grounded in empathy. Sondra’s subjects, methods and materials challenge her commitment and amplify the distinctive voice and context of jewellery. Wearability is essential to her work; wearer and object changed by each other as they venture out into the world to start a conversation.
Sondra gained her BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and her diploma from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. She has been associate professor and programme head of Jewelry + Metalwork at San Diego State University since 2006. Widely exhibited, her work can be seen in a number of collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.