Amanda Shelsher (born 1971,Western Australia) works as a full time sculptural ceramic artist from her home in, in 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. Surrounded by both an artistic mother and father, Amanda was drawn into the world of ceramics and was firing and glazing works from this early age.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 her Graduate Diploma of Education (Art - Secondary) the following year in 1992.

 

After teaching in Perth, the United Kingdom and France, Amanda travelled extensively for three years. This proved a catalyst for her to begin her journey as a full time artist in 1998. Since then she has exhibited extensively and provided work to leading galleries throughout Australia, including FORM Contemporary Craft and Design Perth, Aspects of Kings Park, Raglan Gallery Sydney, Beaver Galleries Canberra, Skepsi Gallery Melbourne and Margaret River Art Galleries. Post-travel, Amanda?s work focused on themes of travel and a desire for flight. However, this changed significantly after the arrival of her and her husband David's two children. The artist is now drawn to different themes particularly her perceptions of the miracle of life, domesticity and growth. Amanda"s themes may now focus on domesticity, yet her works still travel the globe.  

Swell 2014 Photo: Bill Shaylor 

In 2007 she was flown to Los Angeles for a group exhibition of Perth's established and emerging talent presented at the Scion Gallery, Culver City. Her work was exhibited at SOFA - International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, in Chicago in 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004, represented by Raglan Gallery. She also exhibited at the prestigious art fair Collect at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in 2006. In 2006 Amanda attended Art Taipei with Raglan Gallery where 90 exhibitors from 16 countries came together to exhibit the best in contemporary arts. Her works were also selected for the Fubon Art Foundations. 18th Feast of the Mind - Buffet of Art annual exhibition, and she was chosen as one of four international artists, alongside another renowned Australian sculptor, Patricia Piccinini. 

White Noise. 2014 Photo Bill Shaylor 

Most of Amanda?s work is created at night when she is able to find time for herself. During this period she can settle down, consolidate her thoughts and enjoy the process of making. Amanda's workspace is a small worktable in the lounge of her family home- she is constantly surrounded by her family. Juggling the two roles of mother and artist is not easy but Amanda thrives on working for competitions or her latest exhibition or international show.She was selected in 2007 for the 30th Alice Craft Acquisition in the Northern Territory. Her work has been selected for numerous award exhibitions including Perth's 2006 Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe, the 2002 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, the 2005, 2003, 2001 and 2000 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award in Queensland, and Ceramics: The Australian and New Zealand Context at the Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery in 2003. In 2006 she was awarded the Sculpture Prize in the City of Wanneroo Art Awards.

Prestigious acquisitions include the National Gallery of Australia - Canberra, Australia, National Australia Bank Melbourne, Australia.Gold Coast City Art Gallery - Queensland, Australia. La Trobe University Art Collection in Melbourne, the City of Wanneroo Art Collection and City of Perth Art Council Collection, both in Western Australia, and the Manly Art Gallery and Museum in Sydney, Australia.

 

Garden of Curiosities - Opening night, FORM Gallery. Perth 2007. Photo Ross Swanborough