Shellie Christian

Shellie Christian

I’m a Central coast sculptor ceramicist expressing my life and soul connection with the land through earth-inspired forms.

I use natural elements found in the local bushland and coastline to capture nature in my art and ceramics in a warm and whimsical style, wanting to show my strong connection with nature and its prominence in my life.

With a deep appreciation of its functioning, the love, care, protection and unbiased compassion found in nature are lyrically imprinted in each ceramic object, the plants and people of my world flowing freely into my work.

What matters most to me– the bonds we have with each other, entwined with our deep-rooted connection with nature.

You can find some surprising markings and finishes in my work intuitively interpreting natures beauty through my imagination using this to extend the still form and echo the movement and energy I see in nature, mirroring the rustic elegance of the Australian bush.
Nature connects us. Grounds us. Gives us life. And it inspires me as I mirror its beauty in every piece I sculpt.

I draw on my bush and coastal environment to create intuitively organic forms with earthy elements. I express my interpretation of land, life and nature by using native plants including banksia and podded seeds features in my ceramics.

Lean into my work and you can sense the still, softness of nature. Feel each piece move in the beat of wings, the gentle breath of leaves. Touch the burly boughs and organic etchings. See the oneness of nature and people, the hint of whimsy.

I invite you to walk with me and discover the wonder and soul of nature in my art. A story illustrated by creativity.

From the moment my hands first held clay, I haven’t stopped making, experimenting, learning, discovering and testing. I love the diversity of clay and the possibilities it offers.
The excitement of how the clay responds to my touch and the movement I can obtain

from it are magnetic for me.

My evolution as a ceramic artist is a journey illustrated by creativity. I’ve always crafted with my hands, from mixed media painting to collage and floristry, before I stumbled on the local Potters Society. And in that very first meeting with clay, a soul connection was ignited.

Over the next five years, I studied my statement of attainment, diploma and advanced diploma in Visual Arts at TAFE, always sculpting, shaping and sharing my wonder at nature’s beauty in each piece I make.

Education
Hornsby TAFE Hornsby TAFE Hornsby TAFE
2017 – 2018 – Advanced Diploma Visual Arts (ceramics NSW)
2015 – 2016 – Diploma Ceramic NSW
2013 Statement of Attainment – Ceramic NSW

Teaching
2015 – current Classes and workshop out of my Ceramic Studio Fountaindale
2015 – 2017 Central Coast Potter Society East Gosford

Accolades and exhibitions
Prize Finalist:
Muswellbrook Ceramic Prize – Art Centre Muswellbrook
Little Things St – Cloche Gallery
Sculpture in the Valley – Kangaroo Valley
Arts in the Valley – Kangaroo Valley
North Sydney Art Prize 2019 – North Sydney
Tracks – Scenic World Exhibition
Artisan in the Garden – Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Royal Agricultural Society Art Prize – Winner Second Prize

Group and Solo Exhibitions
2023 Affordable Art Fair – Sydney
2023 Festival of Vases Sutton – Village Gallery
2022 Birds n Blooms Sutton – Village Gallery
2023 Whimsical Wilderness Solo – Fern Street Gallery
2023 Whispers – Crackpot Gallery
2023 Infusion – Crackpot Gallery
2023 Summer Sensation Group – Fern Street Gallery
2022 Affordable Art Fair – Melbourne
2022Nature Place Solo – Fern Street Gallery
2022 Christmas Group Exhibition – Fern Street Gallery
2020 Packsaddle (2019-2020) – New England Regional Art Museum
Group Exhibition – Art Gallery on Palm Beach
From the ground Up Solo – AGOD Balmain
What the Fox 2020 Group – AGOD Balmain
A Fresh Perspective – Kerrie Lowe Gallery – Newtown
Intertwined Solo Gallery – Hornsby TAFE
If These Trees Could Talk – AGOD Balmain

Galleries (Where you can find my work)
Greenhouse Interiors
Bloomfield Gallery
Martine Gallery
Fern Street Gallery
The Corner Store Gallery
Paper Pear
Manyung Gallery Melbourne
Milk Factory Gallery

Publications
Art Edit
Feature Article – The Australian Ceramics Association – August Edition 2020

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