MELLA SHAW / Artist / Maker


I recently won the Award prize at the British Ceramics Biennial for my large scale ceramic installation and film called Sounding Line.

In this project I am raising awareness about the massive increase of whales that are washing up dead due to exposure to sound pollution. This comes from shipping as well as active sonar used by the military and by companies searching for new gas, oil and mineral reserves.

Alun Graves, Chair of the Award selection panel and the V&A’s Senior Curator, Ceramics and Glass:
“Mella Shaw’s ‘Sounding Line’ is a truly exceptional and remarkable work, powerful in concept and majestic in execution. It represents in every aspect an extraordinary feat of making, rendering a work that is both poetic and sublimely beautiful, but also confronting and unequivocal in its message. Mella Shaw has realised a work of huge ambition, demonstrating the potency of ceramics and its ability to engage with the issues of our time.”

I am also the current recipient of The Henry Rothschild Memorial Ceramics Bursary 2021 My project is called "RARE EARTH" and is about the 60+ minerals used in smart phones which are being massively depleted.

See two articles about my work in Crafts magazine and on Axisweb.

My work has been selected by Culture 24 as one of "Ten artists you should be collecting now”.

Recent Exhibitions:

Winter Show, Cambridge Contemporary Art Oct - Dec 2021
Breaking Point: Fragility in Clay and Nature, The Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge, 8 July - 3 Oct 2021
COLLECT 2020, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, 26 Feb -1 March 2020
Invited Artist at the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh, 4 March - 1 April 2020.
SSA/VAS OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 22 Dec 2019 - 30 Jan 2020.