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 Black & white striped Vessel. H: 36cm. R4450
Large white striped Vessel. H 36cm R4450
Tall Vessel.H. 34cm. R3900 each.
Large cone shaped Vessel. 21cms x 18cms. R1,510
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 Cylinder, Black and White. 28 cm x 18 cm R3,010
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
Large White Bowl with Pot. 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