Sharon C. Mehrman owns and operates a one-woman workshop in Florence, Massachusetts where she designs and builds heirloom quality furniture and home furnishings. Primarily a self-taught woodworker, Sharon has over 25 years’ experience woodworking, and earned her Master Furniture Maker certificate from the Hill Institute in 2009.
Sharon is a graduate of Parsons School of Design with a BFA in graphic design. In May 2019, Sharon earned a Master’s of Design and a Graduate Certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her self-designed degree program focused on design from a historic point of view, which she complemented with public history – meaning taking history to the public – through museums, historic sites, writing, and teaching. Her research includes material culture (historic artifacts), historic trades, and tools and technology, building on her practical experience as a designer, woodworker, and furniture maker.
Sharon shows her work in nationally recognized juried craft shows including Paradise City Arts Festival. In 2011, her Hepplewhite Card Table was juried into an exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society that featured current works by members of the Society for American Period Furniture Makers. Sharon was awarded Grand Prize in the 2015 Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards for her Thread Chest, an Art Nouveau inspired piece commissioned by a private collector.