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.
2015 Lasting Impressions Gallery – Queensland, Australia
2015 Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA
2015 New works Margaret River Art Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2014 Precarious : Solo Exhibition: Beaver Galleries Canberra, Australia
2014 Tattoo : Kidogo Art House. Solo exhibition: Fremantle, Curated by Gallery East. WA
2013 ‘Nature, Nurture’ 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD Australia
2011 Inked, Gallery East, North Fremantle Western Australia
2010 Earthly Perspectives, Solo exhibition, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, Australia
2009 Wild Surburbia, Solo exhibition, Greenhill Galleries Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
2009 ‘Bloom’, L K Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2009 Stretch Festival, Feature artist, Solo exhibition, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA
2007 Garden of Curiosities, Solo exhibition, FORM.Contemporary Craft and Design, Perth, WA
2007 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia. Chicago, USA
2006 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia. Chicago, USA
2006 Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei, “18th Feast of the Mind. Buffet of Art”, Taiwan
2006 Collect V & A Museum, London, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, NSW, Australia England
2005 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia, Chicago, USA
2004 Precious. Solo exhibition. Beaver Galleries. Canberra, Australia.
2004 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia, Chicago, USA
2002 Australia – Korea Foundation 10th Festival. Represented by Craftwest Perth, Western Australia, Seoul, Korea
1999 Earthbound, Solo exhibition, The Moores Building, Fremantle, Western Australia.
1997 3 Kombies, 24 Countries and1 Lion, Solo exhibition. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Western Australia.
2015 Perth College, Art Exhibition, Mt Lawley, Australia.
2015 In -Material, 2015 Shire of Mundaring, Art Acquisition award, WA
2014 Skepsi@Montsalvat -Curated by Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2013 Unconscious Articulation, Melody Smith Gallery, Curator Zoe Barry, Perth, WA
2013 Artisans in the Gardens : Royal Botanic Gardens. Sydney, Australia.
2012 A Child is Born – Wesley Church Christmas Exhibition, Curator Catherine Czerw, Perth, WA
2013 ‘The Art of Cirque du Soleil’, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
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, Sydney, New South Wales
2011 ‘Save Art’, University Club, Crawley, Western Australia
2011 ’30 x 30 x 30′, Gallery East, North Fremantle, Western Australia
2011 ‘Homage to Frida’, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast
2011 Inked. Gallery East, North Fremantle, Western Australia
2010 Ergon Energy CQ Ceramic Award, Finalist, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2010 Down memory lane, Framed the Darwin Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 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 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, Featured Artist, Lesmurdie, Western Australia
2009 Hale Art Exhibition, Wembly 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 & 2002 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, Australia
2003 From the Fringe to the Centre, La Trobe University Art Collection, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia
2002 Off The Wall and Grounded, La Trobe University Art Museum, Glenn College, Victoria, Australia.
2002 Sidney Myer Fund. International Ceramics Award. Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2001 Storey’s Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA
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
2015 Artist in residence, Term 2 Churchlands Primary School, WA
2014 Guest opening speaker 2014 Annual Art Exhibition: Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Joondalup WA
2014 St Hilda’s, Artist presentation to year 6 students, WA
2014 Hale Junior School – Artist presentation and demonstration to Junior school art teachers WA
2014 Lake Joondalup Baptist College Artist presentation and demonstration Year 11/12 WA
2013 Applecross Primary School Ceramic hand building workshop Year5-7, WA
2012 Public Art, Sculpture Unit Term 2. Lecturer Tony Jones, Central TAFE, WA
2012 Artist presentation. Hale School, Wembley Downs, Western Australia
2011 Ceramic sculpture workshops Pre Primary & Year Three Students Churchlands Primary School W.A
2011 Artist presentation and demonstration Kingsway Christian College,Darch.Western Australia
2011 Artist presentation and demonstration Sacred Heart College, Sorrento. Western Australia
2011 Artist presentation and demonstration-Lake Joondalup Baptist College Joondalup. Western Australia
2011 Artist presentation. Hale School, Wembley Downs, Western Australia
2011 Artist presentation, All Saints College, Bull Creek, Western Australia 2010 Artist talk and presentation at ANU Ceramic workshop invitation by Snr lecturer Janet De Boos. Canberra
2009 Artist Presentation. Stretch Festival. Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery, Mandurah, WA
2009 Workshop and Artist Presentation. Penrhos College. Perth , WA
2008 Panel member. “State of the West – Ceramic survey”. Symposium. Central TAFE Perth, WA
2008 Presenter – Artist talk “State of the West” Ceramic survey” Central TAFE Perth, Australia
2007 Scion Installation L . A Space. Installed “Australian Characters” group exhibition. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 Artist Presentation: “Garden of Curiosities” FORM- Centre for Craft and Design, Perth, WA
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, WA
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