Wendy Shirran is an accomplished ceramic artist and certified art teacher from Bonavista, Newfoundland. Upon completing her BA in English Drama and History at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Wendy Shirran moved to Halifax Nova Scotia to attend NSCADU where she discovered her connection with clay. Since graduating with a BEd Art Specialist degree in 2003, Wendy has spent most of her time teaching the fundamentals of ceramics and creating one-of-a-kind pieces for exhibition both nationally and internationally. Drawing on the influence of her travels to India, China, Japan, and the Mediterranean, her forms and shapes reflect the lines and fluidity found in ancient architecture, art, and folklore. She is also the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Clay Studio Coordinator, after spending several years with the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council.
In this podcast episode, Wendy talks with Qian Huang about her ceramic work, how and why she became a ceramic artist, and how travelling gives her inspiration.This episode is part of a series of programs in partnership with the Memorial University graduate course Folk 6740 - Public Folklore, and the Craft Council of NL, to document craft traditions in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Living Heritage Podcast is about people who are engaged in the heritage and culture sector, from museum professionals and archivists, to tradition bearers and craftspeople - all those who keep history alive at the community level. The show is a partnership between HFNL and CHMR Radio. Past episodes hosted on Libsyn, and you can subscribe via iTunes, or Stitcher. Theme music is Rythme Gitan by Latché Swing.