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John Shirley
I have been working with clay since 1970, but it was in 2000, as a lecturer in ceramics at the then Technikon Witwatersrand, I enrolled for the B Tech in Ceramic Design, that I feel my work really took off. Continuing my pursuit of the ethereal through translucent bodies, I started working with bone-china.

My current work is divided between that with soluble salts and with piercing and cutting of the surface, and the experimentation and exploration involved is a constant source of inspiration.

In 2009 I had one of my pieces accepted for the 5th World Ceramics Biennale in Korea and was also accepted as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Besides creating my work, my passion is for teaching and I currently lecture part-time at the University of Johannesburg and run my popular 'Mentorship Programme' both as a face-to face as well as an online offering.