Virginia Sperry has a varied arts background including a bachelors in theater arts and a masters in Dance/Movement Therapy. In 1990, she was introduced to polymer clay. For thirteen years, she worked with this medium, selling in national retail and wholesale shows. In 1996 Virginia opened her own gallery, Winter Moon Designs, in a mill town outside of Baltimore MD.
In 2003 Virginia, somewhat bored with polymer clay, decided to take a metal fabrication class at MICA in Baltimore. She fell in love with welding and quickly changed her focus to creating large, life-sized animals and abstract pieces to be installed in public places. "I love the combination of strength and flexibility of the steel and am constantly testing the limits of both." Her work can be seen around the country including Sioux Falls SD and Annapolis MD.
Virginia's most recent work revisits an earlier passion of weaving baskets. In this evolution, Virginia takes her knowledge of steel and fiber and creates story baskets and vessels. She welds steel spines, paints them and then weaves different fibers and found objects to create a mood, feeling or story.
In 2007, Virginia renovated a 100 year-old barn on her property into a welding studio and is happily ensconced creating beautiful sculptures. Virginia lives outside of Baltimore with her husband and two dogs.