Amanda Shelsher (born 1971, Western Australia) works as a full time sculptural ceramic artist from her home in Inglewood, Perth, Western Australia. She grew up surrounded by bush in the small suburb of Gooseberry Hill and was introduced to clay at the age of 10 when her mother began her own career as a professional potter. Amanda began exhibiting at age 18 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts – Ceramics at Western Australia’s Curtin University of Technology. She then completed he Graduate Diploma of Education (Art – Secondary) the following year in 1992.
Shelsher’s works are built from home, where she sits in the lounge room at her worktable, surrounded by her family. She uses a variety of clays; stoneware, paper clay and porcelain. All of her pieces are built by hand through a combination of slab and coil technique, so that each finished piece is unique.
Amanda assembles and models the features of the bodies when the clay pieces are firm; she then later uses the sgraffito technique to ‘draw’ onto the figure’s bodies like a tattoo.
This distinctive style requires her to build the body from one type of clay and then paint over the surface using different coloured liquid clay called slip. She then uses a scalpel to scratch through the slip to the clay underneath to create delicate line drawings.
Colour is achieved by using oxides, stains, slips and glazes, before firing the pieces to 1200C or 1200C. This ensures her work will last for generations.
Her works have been included in prestigious competitions and exhibitions nationally and from Chicago to Los Angeles, London to Hong Kong, Taipei and Korea.
Collections include: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Rockhampton Art gallery, Queensland, La Trobe University, Melbounre, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, City of Perth and City of Wanneroo Art Collections, Western Australia, National Australia Bank.
1992: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary/Art).Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
1989-91: Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts. Ceramics. Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
2017 Dalkeith Primary School Artist in Residence. Term 2
2017 Penrhos College: Artist Residence working with Year 11 and 12 General and ATAR students.
2015 City of South Perth: Selected artist for Mends Street : River Walls Public Art – Bronze sculpture Feature for South Perth foreshore.
2015 Lake Joondalup Baptist College Ceramic Workshop Year 9.
2015 Churchlands Primary School: Artist in residence. Term 2 working with all years from Kindy to year 6.
2014 Artist talk at Kidigo Art House – Tattoo exhibition with Gallery East, Fremantle Bathers Beach WA
2014 Opening Guest Speaker : Kingsway Christian College Student Art Exhibition.
2014 Independent Art Teachers Assoc. Artist workshop and presentation to WA art teachers.
2014 Santa Maria College – Attadale. Artist workshop with year 12 Students. Western Australia.
2014 Lake Joondalup Baptist College. Artist presentation/demonstration Year 11 /12. Western Australia
2013 Applecross Primary School. Ceramic hand building workshop.Year 5 -7. Western Australia
2012 Public Art Sculpture Unit. Term 2. Lecturer Tony Jones. Central TAFE, Western Australia.
2011 Churchlands Primary School. Ceramic sculpture workshops. Pre Primary and year three students W.A
2011 Kingsway Christian College. Artist presentation and demonstration. Darch, Western Australia
2011 Sacred Heart College. Artist presentation and demonstration, Sorrento.Western Australia
2011 Lake Joondalup Baptist College. Artist presentation and demonstration. Joondalup. Western Australia.
2011 Hale School. Artist presentation Yr 8 /9. Wembley Downs, Western Australia
2011 All Saints College. Artist presentation. Bull Creek, Western Australia
2010 ANU Ceramic Department. Artist presentation invitation by Janet De Boos. Canberra, Australia.
2009 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery. Western Australia.
2009 Halls Head Community College – Workshop demonstration. Mandurah, Western Australia.
2009 Penrhos College. Workshop and Artist Presentation. Perth ,Western Australia.
2008 Panel member. “State of the West – Ceramic survey” Symposium. Central TAFE, Perth, Australia.
2008 Presenter – Artist talk “State of the West” Ceramic survey” Central TAFE Perth, Australia
2008 Mandurah Catholic College. Artist talk and Presentation. Mandurah , Western Australia
2007 Scion Installation Space. Installed “Australian Characters” group exhibition. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 Artist Presentation: “Garden of Curiosities” FORM.Centre for Craft and Design. Western Australia
2006 Gallery Assistant. Art Taipei. Hua Shan Culture Park. Taipei, Taiwan. Installed works for Fubon Banking corporation and gallery assistant for Raglan Gallery.
2002 Australia -Korea Foundation 10th Festival – Showcased works in Seoul, Korea – represented by CRAFTWEST, Perth, Western Australia
Solo Exhibitions /Featured Artist
2015 Lasting Impressions Gallery , Kenilworth QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 Exhibition with Linda Skryols , Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park WA AUSTRALIA
2015 Sculpture and Paintings with Shirley Clancey, Margaret River Art Gallery, Margaret River, WA AUSTRALIA
2014 Precarious, Beaver Galleries Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA
2014 Tattoos and Beautiful Women, Kidogo Art House, Fremantle WA AUSTRALIA
2013 Nature, Nurture, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 Gallery Aloft, Rozelle NSW AUSTRALIA
2011 Inked, Gallery East, North Fremantle WA AUSTRALIA
2010 Earthly Perspectives, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA
2009 Wild Surburbia, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide SA AUSTRALIA
2009 Bloom, L K Galleries, Subiaco, WA AUSTRALIA
2009 Stretch Festival, Feature artist, Solo exhibition, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA AUSTRALIA
2007 Garden of Curiosities, FORM.Contemporary Craft and Design, Perth, WA AUSTRALIA
2007 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Australia) Chicago USA
2006 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Australia) Chicago USA
2006 18th Feast of the Mind. Buffet of Art, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei TAIWAN
2006 Collect V & A Museum, (Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly Australia) London ENGLAND
2005 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Australia) Chicago USA
2004 Precious, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA
2004 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly,Australia) Chicago USA
2002 Australia – Korea Foundation 10th Festival (Represented by Craftwest Perth, WA Australia) Seoul KOREA
1999 Earthbound, The Moores Building, Fremantle WA AUSTRALIA
1997 3 Kombies, 24 Countries and 1 Lion, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth WA AUSTRALIA
2017 Newman art show Newman College. Wembley Downs.
2015 Artitude Crown Perth Western Australia
2014 Gold Coast International Art Award – Gold Coast Art Gallert, Queensland. Australia
2014 “Quiet Conversations” Skepsi Gallery @ Montsalvat The Barn Gallery Gallery, Eltham Victoria.
2014 “Above and Below” – Ceramics / Prints with Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2014 Mount Lawley SHS Art Auction Mount Lawley Western Australia.
2014 Fine art at Hale – Hale School, Wembley Downs Western Australia
2014 Churchlands SHS art exhibition, Wembley Downs Western Australia.
2014 Artitude – Crown Casino – with Gallery East, Western Australia.
2014 Help the Homeless art auction, Fremantle, Western Australia.
2013 Beaver Galleries Christmas Exhibition. Canberra, Australia.
2013 Kerrie Lowe Gallery. Group Christmas Exhibition. Newtown, Sydney, Australia
2013 Artisans in the Gardens . Royal Botanic Gardens. Sydney, Australia
2013 Artsource. Featured artist. St Hilda’s Art Fair. Mosman Park , Western Australia.
2013 Unconcious Articulation. Melody Smith Gallery, Curator Zoe Barry. Perth, Australia
2013 Help the Homeless Art Auction. Fremantle Town Hall, Western Australia.
2013 Hale Art Show. Hale Grammar School Perth Western Australia.
2013 Artitude –Crown Casino Perth Western Australia.
2012 Kerrie Lowe Gallery. Group Christmas Exhibition. Newtown, Sydney, Australia
2012 Gallery East. Christmas Show – North Fremantle.W.A
2012 A Child is Born – Wesley Church Christmas Exhibition. Curator Catherine Czerw. Perth Australia.
2012 Help the Homeless Art Auction. Fremantle Town Hall, Western Australia.
2012 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award Finalist. Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland. Australia.
2012 Stations of the Cross – Wesley Church , Perth City, Western Australia.
2012 30 x 30 Margaret River Galleries, Margaret River, Western Australia.
2011 Narrative Knot Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly NSW, Australia.
2011 Homage to Frida – 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach, Queensland.
2010 Ergon Energy CQ Ceramic Award. Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
2010 Down memory lane. Framed the Darwin Gallery. Darwin, Northern Territory. Australia
2010 Help the Homeless Art Auction. Fremantle Town Hall, Western Australia.
2010 Femme Folk and Fable. Linton and Kay Contemporary, Subiaco, Western Australia.
2010 Stanthorpe Art Award Finalist. Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia.
2010 Hale Art Exhibition. Wembley Downs. Western Australia.
2010 Perth College 25th Annual exhibition, Perth College, Perth, Western Australia.
2009 Summer Exhibition. Wagner Art Gallery. Paddington, New South Wales, Australia.
2009 Mazenod College Art Exhibition . Feature Artist. Lesmurdie. Western Australia.
2009 Hale Art Exhibition. Wembley Downs. Western Australia.
2009 Music Box Project. Curator Chrissie Parrot. Holmes A Court Gallery. Perth, Western Australia.
2009 Prometheus Visual Arts Award Finalist– Merrimac, Queensland, Australia.
2008 State of the West. Ceramic Survey. TAFE Gallery, Perth Central TAFE Perth, Western Australia.
2008 Mino International Ceramic Award.(First round judging) Japan.
2008 Perth College 23rd Annual exhibition. Perth College, Perth, Western Australia.
2008 Minnawara Art Award. City of Armadale, Western Australia.
2007 Australian Characters.Scion Installation L.A Space. Curator Stormie Mills. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 Hellfire Gallery. Group exhibition, Esperance, Western Australia.
2007 Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
2006 Ananya Fine Arts. “Conversations in Clay”, Hong Kong.
2006 Sculpture by the Sea. Cottesloe, Western Australia.
2005, 2003, 2001, 2000 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award. Gold Coast City Art Gallery. Australia.
2005 Statements in Sculpture. Skepsi Gallery. Carlton, Victoria . Australia.
2003 Remembering: Women Working for Women. Moores Building, Fremantle. Western Australia
2003 Ceramics: The Australian and New Zealand Context .Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery.
2003 From the Fringe to the Centre. La Trobe University Art Collection. Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria.
2002 Off The Wall and Grounded. La Trobe University Art Museum, Glenn College, Victoria, Australia.
2002 Alice Craft Acquisition. Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
2002 Sidney Myer Fund. International Ceramics Award. Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2001 Storey’s.Group Show. Gallows Gallery. Mosman Park, Western Australia.
2000 Cerebration. Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2016 ‘Resonance’ – public artwork, 3 large bronze swan feathers – Mends Street Promenade, South Perth foreshore, Perth WA
Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Queensland
St John of God Hospital Art Collection. Murdoch, WA
Perth College Art Collection, Perth, Western Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
National Australia Bank, Melbourne, Australia
City Of Wanneroo Art Collection, Perth, Australia
La Trobe University Art Collection, Melbourne, Australia
Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, Australia
City of Perth , Art Council Collection. Perth, Australia
Healthway, West Australian Health Promotion Foundation, Perth, Australia
Perth College Art Collection, Perth, Western Australia
Private collections in Australia, Europe, U.K, U.S.A and Middle East
Private Collectors include Billy Connolly
ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXPERIENCE
2013 Finalist. “Telethon” public art work – Perth Art Foundation. Australia
2012 Finalist. City of Cockburn. Renewable Energy Public Art Sculpture
2012 Finalist in the 28th Gold Coast International Art Award
2009 Department of Culture and the Arts. Arts flight grant to Adelaide
2006 City of Wanneroo Art Award. Sculpture Prize, Perth, Western Australia.
2005 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award – Acquisition for Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2004 ArtsWA. Artflight grant, Canberra, Australia.
2001 Port Hacking Potters Group 40th Award, Sydney, Australia.
2001 Townsville Ceramic Competition, Queensland, Australia.
2000 ArtsWA. Artflight grant, Sydney, Australia
2000 Town of Vincent – Art Award Ceramic Commendation, Western Australia
1999 Town of Vincent – Art Award, Western Australia
1998 Victoria Park Sculpture Award, Western Australia
1998 Jah Roc Sculpture Prize York Art Awards, Western Australia
1997 Jah Roc Sculpture Prize York Art Awards, Western Australia
2014 500 Figures in Clay. Lark Books. Judge Nan Smith. Pg 95 and 99
2014 Amanda Shelsher’s Ceramic Wonderland. Canberra Times, June 5th Kerry Anne Cousins. Solo review
2014 Paper clay art and practice : Rosette Gault, page 80. Bloomsbury Books.
2011 The West Australian: Arts today.”Tattoo art more than skin deep”, January 12th pg 2 by Lyn DiCiero
2010 The Canberra Times. Benign and quirky works. 25th August 2010. Kerry Anne Cousins.
2009 The Advertiser. “Arts encore” pg 8 . Exhibit presents artist work immersion in her work.By Tim Lloyd.
2009 The West Australian- Today Arts.”Sculptor eyes child’s eye view”. Pg 12 April 3rd 2009.By Ara Jansen.
2009 & 2007 Art seen in WA. Review of ‘Bloom’ and ‘Garden of Curiosities’ by Judith McGrath www.artseeninwa.com/shelsher.html
2009 The Journal of Australian Ceramics Issue 48#1 pg 48 -51.By Rachel Schulze: ‘Primordial Yearnings’
2008 Ceramic Art and Perception. No 71.Pg 25 -28 by Judith McGrath. “Amanda Shelsher’s Friendly Forms”
2007 SOFA Catalogue –Chicago USA. International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional art.
2007 Ceramic Review Magazine . U. K. Issue Sept / Oct 227. Review gallery, page 20.
2007 The West Australian Visual Arts “Shining Sprit of Collaboration”.review by Ric Spencer. June 23rd.
2007 Homes and Living Year Book pg 68 “Fine Figure”.
2006 The Journal of Australian Ceramics. ‘Home is where the heart is’.By A.Shelsher Vol 45#3. pp22-23
2006 Art Taipei. Exhibition Catalogue 2006. pp 124 – 125.
2006 “Oh my Deer 18th Feast of the mind Buffet of Art” Taipei Catalogue.Pg 11-12 FUBON Arts Foundation.
2006 Sculpture by the Sea. Exhibition catalogue, Western Australia.
2006 Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 66: 24th Gold Coast International Ceramics Award: pg113.
2005 Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 64.SOFA Chicago 2004 Exposition p87.Kevin Wallace
2004 Canberra Times. “Capturing the Untouched.” August 21st Panorama Arts. By Sonia Barron.
2004 SOFA Catalogue –Chicago. pg 238
2004 The Journal of Australian Ceramics..Vol 43 # 3.“Precious” Sue Buckle. Feature article pgs 6- 9.
2003 Ceramics Art And Perception: Vol 52 pg 55:“Ceramics in the Australian & New Zealand Context”.By R.Reason.
2002 Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 55. pg 54-57. Article by Fleur Downs.
2002 Ceramics Art And Perception: issue 48. pg 63: Gold Coast Ceramics Award. By Rosemary Macfarlane