Sheila Jordan is a mixed media artist and arts facilitator, who lives beside the Kings River in rural Kilkenny. She originally studied ceramic design, and trained and worked as a studio potter for several years. Her love of making and interest in materials has guided her to develop skills and techniques working with natural materials. She responds to the natural environment in an intuitive and spontaneous way using her hands to shape and create with different materials, clay, wool fibres, charcoal, natural colour etc. The joy is in working with her hands to change a raw material into something beautiful or useful or meaningful. Drawing and mark making are an integral part of how she works.
Alongside her own arts practice, Sheila has extensive experience working in the Primary school sector on various projects and programmes. She has been on the Education Panel for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland for over 10 years, delivering the CRAFTed visual arts-based education programme into numerous schools in Kilkenny, Carlow and Laois. She has also provided CRAFTed CPD training for primary teachers at Kilkenny Education Centre. Sheila is a TAP (Teacher Artist Partnership) trained artist and a trained facilitator for the TAP CPD training for artists and teachers. She is also a Facilitator for the Department of Educations’ Creative Clusters schools programme.
She is the co-ordinator and development worker for Open Circle Arts, a community arts programme for women in Kilkenny.