Artist Profile

Bio

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.

Artist Statement

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.

Education 

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

Exhibitions

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

Publications

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)

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