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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

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

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

The Ancient Art of Pit Firing

The Ancient Art of Pit Firing

This weekend, on August 11th, the Clay Studio holds its biggest event of the year: the 11th Annual Beach Firing Fundraiser. This is my second summer as Clay Studio Coordinator, running this event. I really love being involved in this not just because it’s a great way for the clay community to gather, but also … Continue reading

Washing off the clay

Washing off the clay

It’s been such a busy summer working at the Clay Studio, not to mention my own personal clay projects.  Sometimes you just have to clear your head and wash the clay off. Lucky for me, I live 20 minutes from this great swimming hole with natural falls. You can take a quick dip on lunch … Continue reading

Sneak Peek: 40 Year Cups

Sneak Peek: 40 Year Cups

Thought you all might like a sneak preview of some of my 40 Cups that I’m making to commemorate the Craft Council’s 40th Anniversary. Tons more are in the kiln as I type this. There are 40 cups, for 40 years, at $40 a piece with all proceeds going to The Clay Studio — where … Continue reading

Tumbling Turbots & Upcoming Exhibition

Tumbling Turbots & Upcoming Exhibition

I’ve finished my “Tumbling Turbots” piece! It was juried (and accepted!) for the upcoming Craft Council’s Annual Members Exhibition, as part of their 40th Anniversary Gala at Devon House. The deep porcelain footed bowl is handpainted with turbots against a playful, dizzying swirl. I chose a black and natural theme when glazing this piece. Come … Continue reading

Bella Italia brings inspiration & adventure

Bella Italia brings inspiration & adventure

This Spring, I spent two weeks in Italy enrolled in professional development courses at La Meridiana, an international school of ceramic art.  Set in idyllic Tuscan countryside within a restored 15th century farmhouse, the school is highly recognized and a true heaven to create in! As a professional potter, it’s always important for me to … Continue reading