Sharon Leary is a potter and teaching artist. She launched her art career with a three-year apprenticeship with ceramic artist Brooke Millecchia of Opal Creek Pottery in Rochester, New York. Leary specializes in functional high-fired pottery that weaves together elements of both American and Asian ceramic traditions. Leary has exhibited in juried shows throughout upstate New York and has received regional recognition with the Individual Artist Grant from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts. Leary works closely with educators to design customized arts-integrated lessons that animate core academics with motivational arts activities. Leary experiences chronic acute migraines and finds that her ceramic work provides both a solitary, creative activity for pain management, as well as an artistic vehicle to inspire children to work through their own obstacles and disabilities.