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Artist Profile: John Shirley

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.


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