“Even after 15 years of working in ceramics I feel I am just scratching the surface, – she believes. It’s a very laborious and process oriented material and often there is damage as it’s fragile at every stage of making. However it’s emotionally extremely rewarding once you learn to get results from your kiln…that’s when the fun starts.”
She draws ideas from folk tales, conversations, comics and cinema to make very expressive work in ceramics:
“Since I draw extensively on clay with glazes and slips, the element of narrative comes out extremely strong.”
Shirley looks into the Indian crafts sector a lot for inspiration and new learning:
“This is a tremendous resource and we are very lucky to be able to have it. I have used aspects of many crafts in my work, Jaipur wood blocks, Molela Votive terracotta, Channapatna wood craft.”
“If one is working with materials one should learn to create first with the hands, – she feels, – and develop a bonding with the material of choice. Always be curious and investigative, and read, especially fiction, because design has a lot to do with storytelling.”
Shirley shares her passion for clay and craft in POOL 55.