When John Shirley became a lecturer in ceramics at the Technikon Witwatersrand, he enrolled for his B Tech in Ceramic Design, which is when he feels his work really took off. Continuing his pursuit of the ethereal through translucent bodies, he started working with bone-china.
John’s current work is divided between that with soluble salts and with piercing and cutting of the surface, and the experimentation and exploration involved is a constant source of inspiration.
In 2009 John had one of his pieces accepted for the 5th World Ceramics Biennale in Korea and was also accepted as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
He currently lectures part-time at the University of Johannesburg and runs his popular ‘Mentorship Programme’ both as a face-to face as well as an online offering.