An Extraordinary Story – Ceramic Tiles

This winter I had the pleasure of partnering with the ever so talented Illustrator/ Artist Veselina Tomova, along with 89 grade three students at Elizabeth Park Elementary and a gaggle of teachers. Together we created a series of ceramic tile installations. The kids blew my mind with what they made, how well they listened and … Continue reading

New Home, New Studio

New Home, New Studio

I started 2013 as a new home owner. My goal is to have my own studio based out of my home. I’m starting off small. This means I’m using my living room as a makeshift studio. My first project was hand building porcelain espresso cups for an exhibition. Above is a shot of the process. … Continue reading

Clay in the Classroom

Clay in the Classroom

The creativity of children never ceases to amaze me. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a group of grade 5 students on an Art Smarts project. Together, we’re creating a clay tile mural from scratch. It’s so interesting to watch how kids collaborate. It’s like magic. Here, I’m checking on the drying progress of … Continue reading

An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

This week at the Clay Studio, I received an unexpected visitor. I was immersed in my daily work when a ceramic admirer of the four-legged kind arrived in the kiln room! My co-worker had surprised me by bringing her senior furry friend for a tour of the studio. Here she is having a conversation with … Continue reading

Come see me at the Christmas Craft Fair!

Come see me at the Christmas Craft Fair!

The Craft Council’s 39th Annual Christmas Craft Fair is coming up this week! I’ve been working non-stop in the studio to prepare for it, since it’s the biggest craft event of the year and a place a craftsperson should be seen at. The Craft Fair happens November 14-18 at the St. John’s Arts & Culture … Continue reading

A Labour of Love

A Labour of Love

I recently made something very special for my friends’ wedding. Instead of giving the usual wedding gift, or even more impersonal, money, I decided to give them something I created myself — from the heart. Here it is. I call it “Pitcher Perfect Tea” and envision delicious iced tea or Long Island ice tea inside … Continue reading

Creativity runs in the family

Creativity runs in the family

Like mother, like daughter — or so it goes. I’m proud to announce that my mom and I will be having a booth at the Christmas Craft Fair this year! Her creative venture with textiles, Red Cove Studios and my business, Wendy Shirran Ceramic Art, will be presenting collaborative pieces made by two Shirran ladies! … Continue reading

Beach Blaze, Ceramics Cooked

Beach Blaze, Ceramics Cooked

I just realized I’d forgotten to post this! The Clay Studio, where I work, had its annual Beach Firing Fundraiser at Middle Cove last month. We dug a large fire pit, wrapped ceramics in seaweed and other natural combustibles, covered them and set them ablaze over the course of an afternoon. The result was a … Continue reading

My work featured in downtown shop!

My work featured in downtown shop!

After a long first year settling into a new life and new job back home in Newfoundland, I’m finally back to producing at a rate I’m happy with. Between my work and my life, it’s been a whirlwind of a year, with not as much time as I’d have liked for producing my own creative … Continue reading