Sharon McCoy was born in Chula Vista, California. She moved to Monte Vista, Colorado, in 1980, where she met and married Glen. Glen and Sharon raise potatoes and barley on their farm. They raised two children.
Sharon attended Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, to receive both her BA and MA degrees. It was at ASU that she fell in love with clay.
Sharon will complete her studies in the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Ceramics at Fort Hays State University in Kansas in 2014. She will continue as a studio artist, teach workshops, give demonstrations, and lecture after graduation.