Norrie, Shane – Pottery

Shane Norrie was born in 1978 in London, Ontario and currently resides in Ingersoll.

He graduated in 2000 from Conestoga College in Kitchener, with a certificate in Graphic Design and Advertising. Before and during his studies at Conestoga, he dabbled in ceramics as a hobby.

Upon graduation, Shane worked in the field of advertising in Toronto for one year, before deciding to pursue ceramics full-time in 2001.  After leaving his advertising career behind, he was employed part-time as a kiln technician at the Burlington Art Centre. This allowed him access to a variety of kilns, and a place where he could experiment with various facets of pottery making and firing techniques.

He has participated in a number of exhibitions, from humble beginnings at the local Creative Arts Centre in Ingersoll, to participating in the 8-month travelling International Chawan exhibition in 2005, alongside four other Canadian Ceramic Artists.  The Japanese Embassy in Belgium sponsored this exhibition.  Also in 2005, Shane participated in ‘Beyond Boundaries’, with 3 other Canadian ceramic artists in ‘Gallerie In der Allert’ in Keispelt, Luxembourg. This exhibition included artists from Canada, United States, Sweden, Australia, and Hong Kong.  Most recently, he was invited to participate in an invitational ceramics exhibition, in October 2009 at Sanbao Ceramics Institute in Jingdezhen, China.

Shane was an active member at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, teaching workshops and classes to adults, teens, and children in the early 2000’s, and has given workshops to various groups and organizations throughout the province. He served on the Board of Directors for FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association in 2002 as Director at Large, where he put his formal graphic design and advertising skills to use, promoting FUSION, and its affiliated activities. After much deliberation, he resigned from FUSION Board of Director, to pursue his rapidly growing ceramics career. He hopes to continue once again with FUSION, when time allows.

Since 2002, he has maintained a studio and showroom, and supplied numerous galleries throughout Canada, and primarily in Ontario.  Some of the galleries that currently exhibit his work on an ongoing basis are: Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Burlington Art Centre, and MacKenzie Art Gallery in Saskatchewan.

He and his work have been published in Clay Times Magazine, FUSION Magazine, Ceramics: Art & Perception, Canadian House & Home Magazine, London City Life Magazine, Treasures of Ontario, and Canada’s Style at Home Magazine.In October 2008, he was featured with his ceramics on HGTV’s ‘Pure Design’, which aired both in Canada, and the United States.

In 2004, Shane created an Art Award at his former high school, to be given annually to a graduating student, who is pursuing visual art-related studies at the post-secondary level.

Shane’s boat on Canada AM (With Frank Sinatra Jr!) It is the black and white piece over his shoulder.

Shane’s fascination with and passion for ceramics will continue to push him to experiment with the medium, as long as he is able.

Artist Statement

“My work focuses primarily on texture and organic imperfection.  I strive to create pieces that appear as though they have been unearthed or born in nature.   I try to mimic the appearance of surfaces that have been created over time.  Layers of peeling paint, mosses, lichens and erosion from daily exposure to the elements catch my creative eye.

I want my pieces not to be perfect,  but to have a sense of mystery.

Most of all,  I am fascinated with glazes and how they react in the kiln.  I multi-fire many of my pieces,  sometimes so many times that they ultimately crack under the stress.”

EDUCATION

1997-2000 – Graduate of Conestoga College – 3-year Graphic Design & Advertising Program
2011 – Bullseye Glass and Resource Centre – Kiln-manipulated Glass – Portland, OR
2014 – Greenwich House Pottery – Slip-casting and Mould-making – New York, NY
2014 – Art Students League of New York – Acrylic Painting – New York, NY

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016 St Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre, Solo Exhibtion, (upcoming November 2016)
2015 Releasing Certainties – 4 Person Exhibition, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB
2014 Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast: Group Exhibition – Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
2013 Tough Pigment: 2-person Exhibition – Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, ON
2013 Fernweh: New paintings by Shane Norrie – Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
2012 Shane Norrie; New Work – Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC
2012 The Guild Shop – Ceramics Group Exhibition – Toronto, ON
2012 Crossings – Artopia Gallery – Sarnia, ON
2012 Solo Exhibition, Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON
2011 Best of Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – Award Winners Exhibition, FCP Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 Retail Exhibition Feature – Art Gallery of Ontario: Shop AGO, Toronto, ON
2010 Shared Landscapes – 2-person Exhibition-Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
2010 Masterworks Southwest – Juried touring Exhibition organized by Ontario Crafts Council
2010 Group Exhibition – Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
2009 Invitational Ceramics Group Exhibition – Sanbao Ceramic Institute – Jingdezhen, CHINA
2008 Abstracted Vignette – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON
2008 Metamorphosis – Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON
2007 Sculpture Show – Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
2007 Tea Four Two: 42 Outstanding Teapots – Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007 Ceramic Group Show: Heart Vessel – Heart to Art – Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007 Surfaces – 3-person exhibition – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON
2006 Invitational Ceramic Group Exhibition – The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON
2006 Matter of Clay II – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON
2006 500 Cups – Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Ingersoll, ON
2005 International Invitational Group Chawan Exhibition – BELGIUM
2005 Beyond Boundaries – Invitational Group Exhibition – Gallerie in der Allert – LUXEMBOURG
2005 Conversations – 2-person exhibition – Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON
2004 Containers of Beauty – The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, ON
2003 Group Exhibition – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON
2003 The Art of the Casserole – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON
2001 A Matter of Clay – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON
2001 Pottery Exhibition – Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Ingersoll, ON

SELECTED AWARDS

2011 Ontario Arts Council, Access & Career Development Grant
2010 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Honourable Mention
2004 Woodstock Public Art Gallery Juried Exhibition, Juror’s Choice Award
2001 Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Juried Pottery Exhibition, Honourable Mention
1999 Gallery Lambton, People’s Choice Award
1997 Woodstock Public Art Gallery, WAG Volunteer Committee 1997 Visual Arts Scholarship

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / TELEVISION

Clay Times Magazine – 2001 – Work featured
Ceramics: Art & Perception – 2002 – Article mention
The Globe and Mail – ‘Top 10 Fall Design Trends’ – Featured in article
RAJATON, Finland – 2010 – Paintings appear on CD & Cover: Tarinoita
FUSION Magazine – 2002, 2009 – Featured articles
HGTV’s Disaster DIY – 2011 – work featured
HGTV’s Income Property 2011, 2014, 2015 – work featured
HGTV’s Pure Design – 2009 – Television segment
Marie Claire Maison Italia Magazine – 2014 – work featured
Style At Home Magazine – 2009, 2010, 2015 – Work featured
Canadian House & Home Magazine – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 – Work featured
‘CityLine’ Television Program – 2015 – Work featured
Shane Norrie: New Works – 34-page catalogue produced by Woodstock Art Gallery

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Permanent Collection – Canadian Consulate, Nagoya, JAPAN
Permanent Collection – Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON
Permanent Collection – Sanbao Ceramic Institute – Jingdezhen, CHINA
Permanent Collection – City of Woodstock, County of Oxford
Permanent Collection – Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
Corporate Collection – Munich Reinsurance
Corporate Collection – WSP Canada Inc.
Private Collections throughout US, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, England, Finland

RESIDENCIES / LECTURES   

2011          LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY, Thunder Bay – Artist Talk & Slide Presentation

Woodstock Show 2012

Woodstock Show 2012

Woodstock Show 2012

Woodstock Show 2012

Woodstock Show 2012

Woodstock Show 2012

Woodstock Show 2012

Photos by Rita Taylor

Multi-fired clay, glass, wire on metal base

Exhibited at Woodstock Public Art Gallery - 2012

Lidded Vessel

White Crawl with Electric Blue

Wall Plate

19 " x 19"

Sea Urchin Inspired Bowls

Small Baskets with Red Accent

Medium sized Basket with red X

Untitled Boat, 2012

Mixed media -clay, netting, wire, and melted glass on metal stand
36"l x 15"w x 61"h

Untitled Boat, 2012

Mixed media - Clay, Rubber Tire, Metal Stand
36"l x 20"w x 65"h

The Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Summer 2012

17" x 11" x 6"
Clay, Melted Glass, Chicken Wire, Bones

The Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Summer 2012

16" x 10" x 5"
Clay, Wire, Melted Glass, Bones, Chicken Wire

The Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Summer 2012

SOLD

The Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Summer 2012

17"x 11" x 5"
Clay Sculptural Basket with Ceramic Pod housing colored glass and bones

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Relic Vessel

Hand built paper clay
21"x 4.5" x 6.25"
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Shadow Crackle V

Porcelain Celeon

SOLD

Plate white crawl

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Lidded Vessel 2

Lidded Vessel

Lichen series

Bowls Plates and Dishes
SOLD

Grey Black

Crusty Electric