Artist Statement

In studying my forms and methods, I can see patterns of trial and error; success and failure and often these processes are the best lessons. My themes develop along the leitmotif of political statement; line, form and decoration of the piece or work are fashioned into a visual statement after careful deliberation and research of the subject has been formalized.

The use of high fire stoneware allows me opportunity to explore detail and refining of decoration while alternately using low fire earthenware to integrate the beautiful color of the clay within the idea of the subject.  I utilize several oxidation glaze firings for works that include slip trailing, mishima, image transfer, decals, overglazes and china painting embellishment. Additionally, I work with a variety of mixed media dependent on the project or concept of the piece, especially in conjunction with the large-scale triptych works.

I also produce utilitarian wares; these further refine my sculptural processes, within the contemplation and completion of these wares. They afford me the ability to work out coloration and decoration on a smaller scale while enjoying the process of completing multiples.

“Blah, blah, blah, blah” some old nonsense from yet another middle aged, white woman just because she has a voice. Today, currency is in really in image and viability; race issues, women’s rights, border and immigration reform issues cover the news, while human voices cry publically, needing leaders. A white woman is not the voice of this generation. But maybe some part of my voice escapes in a truer form to beckon a small audience to its senses. Visual art forms can inspire new generations to respond to truth in humor. The largely growing outcry increases daily, locally, but exponentially more so on the Internet.

Move you humans!-Instead of adding to the voiceless, choice-less, drones drowning the Internet.

Our government does not give heed to the people, but to corporations that are dripping already in the ooze of another epoch. Stop! This epoch has no meaning left for humans, only for business and their unbridled bottom lines.


from my notes, drawings and paintings

humans can more readily respond to

M.Shaw 2014


Ms. Shaw had been long nestled in the entertainment field for many years when life took a turn and circumstances changed, prompting a move south to Texas in 2014. The warm days and evenings are inspiring from this part of Texas and a new Wo"Man" cave has been carved from the backyard. The workshop (as yet to be named, suggestions welcome!) is now in full production and is occasionally overrun by our Frenchies!





All images copyright Melanie Shaw ©2015. 

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Arbin Espinosa Guevara diligently teaches his hollow leg technique for a jaguar pot. Guaitil Pottery in Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica, 2011.

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