Upon completing her BA in English Drama and History at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Wendy Shirran moved to Halifax Nova Scotia to attend NSCADU where she discovered her connection with clay. Since graduating with a BEd Art Specialist degree in 2003, Wendy has spent most of her time teaching the fundamentals of ceramics and creating one-of-a kind pieces for exhibition both nationally and international. She feels it is important to continuously refine and develop new ways of working through exploring unfamiliar places. Travelling to faraway lands for residencies and professional development such as India, Italy and Asia has provided ample inspiration for her ceramic forms and surfaces. After living away from Newfoundland for over 12 years, she now lives in St. John’s, NL and is the Clay Studio Coordinator at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.
My work allows me to reflect on the various places I have been, getting lost in feelings of nostalgia, sentiment and creative flow. This is almost a meditative process necessary for me to truly connect with each form I create.
I often reference elements of the natural and built environments I feel a connection with while exploring new places and cultures. Flora, fauna, architectural structures and details, visual imagery, textures and patterning serve as an endless repertoire of inspiration for design that keeps me connected to the places I have been.
For me a teapot is the ultimate complex ceramic form offering a world of possibilities in design and aesthetics. It is always a challenge to manipulate, embellish and arrange the recognized characteristics and components of a teapot while pushing the limitations of the clay.
I combine a variety of surface decorating methods including silk screen transfer, slip trailing, luster and glaze application. Typically I choose to highlight the white characteristic of porcelain by clear glazing portions of a form in combination with well thought out and intentionally positioned patterns and design.
Bachelor of Education: Art Specialist (2001-2003)
Mount Saint Vincent University and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design,
Received the MSVU Senate Award of Distinction
Interdisciplinary Studies: Ceramics/Pottery concentration (2000-2001)
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Arts (1993-1997)
Major: English, Theatre Arts specialization, Minor: History
Memorial University of Newfoundland
2014 Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, NL. Necessary Flow – Solo Exhibition (April 2014)
2013 Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, St. John’s, NL. A Feast of Pottery – Group Exhibition
2012 The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, NL. Comfort and Joy Member’s Exhibition
2012 Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, St. John’s, NL. A Feast of Pottery – Group Exhibition
2012 Mary E Black Gallery, Halifax, NS. Titanica – Member’s Exhibition
2011 The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (2011). Comfort and Joy Member’s Exhibition, St. John’s, NL
2010 Hydrostone Gallery, Halifax, NS. Like, Unlike – Group exhibition
2010 Mary E Black Gallery, Halifax, NS. Collaboration – Group exhibition
2010 Hydrostone Gallery, Halifax, NS. With Love – Group exhibition
2009 Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS. WA – Ikebana and ceramics collaborative exhibition with Wendy Shirran and Miyako Ballesteros
2009 Distill Gallery, Toronto, On. Distill Cup Group Exhibition
2009 Turnstile Pottery Cooperative. Halifax, NS. Group exhibitions and sales
2008 Anna Leonoens Gallery, Halifax, NS. Making History – Group exhibition
2007 Global Arts Village. UTSAV Mandir Foundation, New Delhi, India. Chaat – International 2007 Artists in Residence Group Exhibition
2005 Government House Visual Art Exhibition. Halifax, NS. Group exhibition recognizing the ongoing contributions to preserving and promoting the arts community of Nova Scotia
2014 Clay Times Vol. 2 No. 98 – Clay Times, LLC Amelia Island, FL, Summer/Fall
2014 Fusion Magazine Vol. 38 No. 2 – The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc., Toronto, Ontario. Article “A Flare for the Finial – The Architectural Teapots of Wendy Shirran”, Summer.
2013 Home and Cabin, Downhome Inc. St. John’s NL. Article “Creative Minds – Wendy Shirran” , Summer
2013 500 Teapots Vol. 2 – Lark Crafts Publications, Stirling Publishing Co., Ashville, North Carolina. Image of “Winter Empress Teapot”, August.
2011 The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, Halifax, NS. The Guide to Craft and Art in Nova Scotia 2011 – Front cover image
2007 The Dish – Nova Scotia Potter’s Guild. Article “India Calling” (November)
2007 The Indian Express – New Delhi, India. Article “United Colors” (July)