MELLA SHAW / Artist / Maker


About

About


I am an artist/maker using clay to make objects and site-specific installations. I utilise a broad variety of ceramic processes both traditional and digital. Techniques include slip-casting, press moulding, hand-building, sand-blasting – for me, the individual idea determines my approach. This conscious decision-making allows me to craft thought-provoking work informed by each idea or site-specific context. The idea and the material are equally important; it is only through the craft-based skills I have developed as a ceramicist that I can work in the way I do – always thinking through making.

My route into making has been circuitous. I originally studied for a BA in Anthropology at Durham University, where I obtained a First Class degree, specialising in anthropology of art, critical theory and material culture. After a period making documentary films, I moved to London to pursue a career in museums and galleries. Having worked in various curatorial and exhibitions roles (including in the exhibitions department at the V&A and as Head of Exhibitions at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London) in 2009 I decided to pursue my long-held interest in ceramics, studying for a two year Diploma in Ceramics at City Lit, London, and sharing a studio at Vanguard Court, Camberwell. From here I went on to an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2013.

I have relocated to Edinburgh during my maternity leave from my role as Exhibitions Manager at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. I continue to combine my practice with teaching and writing about ceramics.