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.
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 fascination with and passion for ceramics will continue to push him to experiment with the medium, as long as he is able.
WORK DIMENSIONS/DESCRIPTION ( NB: Pedestal Required )
Handbuilt Relic Vessel with Interior Lifeboat
Handbuilt Clay, multiple firings
25cm h x 16cm w x 67 cm l
Shane Norrie-Curriculum Vitae
1997-2000 – Graduate of Conestoga College – 3-year Graphic Design & Advertising Program
2010 Two-person Exhibition – Burlington Art Centre. Burlington, ON
2010 Two-person Exhibition – Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Ingersoll, ON
2009 Invitational Ceramics Exhibition – Sanbao Ceramic Institute – Jingdezhen, CHINA
2008 Abstracted Vignette – Solo Exhibition – 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 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 Chawan Exhibition – BELGIUM
2005 Beyond Boundaries – Invitational Exhibition – 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
2002 2 – Artist Exhibition – Gallery on Thames, Ingersoll, ON
2001 A Matter of Clay – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON
2001 Solo Exhibition – Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Ingersoll, ON
2001 Beyond Soup Bowls – Juried Pottery Exhibition, Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre
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, 1997 Visual Arts Scholarship
2002 Board of Directors for FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association
2000 2005 Teacher of Workshops to children, adults and teens at Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre
2004 Established Art Award for High-School Student, attending Post-secondary Visual Art Studies
2002 Kiln Technician, Burlington Arts Centre
2002 Teacher to Children at Burlington Art Centre
2002-2009 Workshop Presenter: London, Brantford, Kawartha, Norfolk Potters Guild, FUSION Saturday Workshop
Permanent Collection – Sanbao Ceramic Institute – Jingdezhen, CHINA
Corporate Collection – Toyota, JAPAN
Collection – City of Woodstock, COUNTY OF OXFORD
Permanent Collection – BURLINGTON ART CENTRE
Corporate Collection – TEAM TRUCKS
Private Collections – Rajaton, FINLAND
Represented by Numerous Museum Galleries
Private Collections throughout US, Canada, , Australia, Germany, Japan, England, Finland
Clay Times Magazine, FUSION Magazine, Style At Home Magazine, Canadian House & Home Magazine
International Chawan Exhibition Publication, Ceramics: Art & Perception, London City Life Magazine,
Treasures of Ontario
HGTV’s Pure Design
SHANE NORRIE POTTERY
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