Shelley Maisel is a highly acclaimed South African ceramicist who has exhibited extensively throughout the Country.
The materials, shapes and decorations of Shelley's work not only portray her interests but also reveal subliminal influences. The colour and texture of the clay, the hand-painted edges, circles and bead-like decorations, as well as inlaid metal pieces, embody the artistic expression of primitive cultures.
"My inspiration is drawn from many sources. I have always been drawn to and influenced by African, Aboriginal, Pre-Colombian, Oceanic, American Indian and South American art. I find their use of colour, intricate design, symbols and elements of nature, both beautiful and fascinating. In turn I express my love for clay and colour through my work, using many elements of nature as inspiration."
Shelley also forms her vessels by using the same clay hand-building techniques favoured by these cultures, namely coiling and pinching. In the coiling method, pieces of clay are rolled into long, thin ropes. These ropes are joined together during the assembly process, with the aid of slip (a clay and water mixture) painted onto the upper edges of the coils. The pinch method is the simplest clay hand-building technique, involving only the use of hands to wedge a ball of clay and mould it into the required shape.
To see Shelley at work in her studio click here.
Large white Vessel with handles. H 32cm. SOLD
Medium white & Green striped Vessel with curved rim. 23c x 14cm. R2200.
Medium Black & white stripped vessels with wide rim. 13 x 32 cm. R2950 each
Large white stripped vessel with wide rim. 15 x 35 cm. R3200
Large Black stripped vessels with wide rim. 35 x 15 cm. R3200
Small colourful bowls. H 15cm. R1210 each
Large colourful bowl. 26 x 12cm. SOLD.
Large white & black striped Vessel. H 36cm R4450 each
Medium B & W Bowl. H 13cm R1510
Tall Vessel.H. 34cm. R3900 each.
Left: Tall Cylinder, Black and White. 33 cm x 11 cm SOLD
Middle: Medium Short Cylinder, Black and White. 26.5 cm x12 cm R2,300
Right: Medium Tall Cylinder, Black and White 33.5 cm x 9 cm R2,700
Medium White patterned vessels. 17 x 17cm R1500 each
Medium White patterned vessel. 18 x 18cm R1500
Large cone shaped Vessel. 21cms x 18cms. R1,510
Medium white & green vessel with red dots. 21,5 x 17cm R2200
Medium Vessel on feet
LEFT: 20cms x 27cms, R1,510
RIGHT: 18cms x 26cms. R1,510
Medium Black Vessel. 20cms x 11cms. R1,080
Large Black Vessel
LEFT: 21 cms x 17 cms, R1,800
RIGHT: 21 cms x 17 cms, R1,800
Large White Footed Bowl. Black and White. 25.5 cm x 27 cm R3,400
Left: Large Vessel, Black and White. 26.5 cm x 13 cm R1,700
Right: Large Vessel, Black and White. 27 cm x 21 cm R3,000
Large Vessel Ceramic 14 x 14 cm R4 600
Left: Medium Bowl 13 x 17.5 c, R850
Middle: Bowl on foot 16 x 18 cm R1 510
Right: Tall long Vessels 34 x 16 cm R3,900