Dimensions artist profiles: Shirley Jean Lawrence

GE DIGITAL CAMERAName:  Shirley Jean Lawrence

Medium:  clay

Background:  In order to develop my skills and knowledge I have attended many courses at various locations including, the School of Fine Arts in Ottawa, Algonquin College, the Haliburton School of Fine Arts, Sir Sandford Flemming College, the School of Fine Arts at Actinolite with Mary & Roman Schneider, the Nepean Visual Arts Centre as well as an extensive number of workshops.

How long have you been a sculptor?  Have been sculpting for 19 years. 

GE DIGITAL CAMERAWhy did you start sculpting?  My husband and I arrived in Canada in 1962 having emigrated from England. After the birth of our fourth child in the late 1960’s, I was introduced to clay.  

I started because sculptures always fascinated me. I prefer and enjoy making three dimensional pieces.  Sculpting became my love.


What inspires you?  I am inspired by observing other people’s works. Be it the human body, animal forms, whimsical pieces etc. The wonder of what is achieved in so many mediums continues to inspire and amaze me.

Many pleasurable years have been spent teaching and watching the progress of my students and proudly seeing their confidence grow as they improve and develop their own styles. 

GE DIGITAL CAMERAWhat is your favourite sculpture?  My favourite sculpture of my own is “Chief”.

Which sculptures will you be exhibiting at Dimensions 2013?  My sculptures for the exhibit are: a. Chief, b. The Monk, c. Basic Strings.

What will you be working on in the coming year?  Work for this coming year is yet to be decided. Hopefully mold making casting and larger sculptures.


About ShebaMakeda

I make one of a kind, flameworked glass beads, jewellery and sculptures. My handmade designs are heavily influenced by the art and artifacts of ancient cultures, as well as contemporary abstract art. Each of my creations is created by me in the flame of my torch before being sent off to their new owners. If you'd like to know when i post beads for sale then send me an email to join my mailing list at: evelyn@shebamakeda.com. Be sure to add my email to your address book so my messages don't end up in your spam folder.
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