Thursday, June 27, 2013

Video: Gallery Stratford Exhibition:Fernweh

A BIG thank you to Gallery Stratford, and Powerline Films for creating a terrific video documenting my process and ideas for my exhibition: Fernweh.  If you would like to watch the video, please click on the title link below!

Shane Norrie: Fernweh

Friday, March 15, 2013

New Exhibition - Gallery Stratford!

Please see the above image for information on my new exhibition opening on Sunday, March 17th at Gallery Stratford!
The exhibition continues until May 17th

Click here for a description of the exhibition, and information about the gallery

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Japan Tour!

I just returned from a whirlwind two-week vacation in Japan, that took us from Nikko to Nara, with Stops in Mashiko, Kyoto and Tokyo. To say the least, it was an unforgettable experience, and I return home feeling inspired and excited about future projects.

One of the highlights of the tour, was an impromptu visit to the home and studio of master potter; Shiho Kanzaki. Amazing!

We also had an amazing visit to Shoji Hamada's studio and home. I'm sure that everyone in the ceramic world knows who Hamada is, and his importance in the field of ceramics. The tour was led by Shoji Hamada's grandson; potter Tomoo Hamada (pictured above) who gave us personal insight into his famous grandfather's life and work. We also toured Tomoo's studio, which is beside Shoji Hamada's home, studio and museum. The earthquake in Japan last year damaged much of the buildings and kilns at Shoji Hamada's studio, but they are being slowly rebuilt and repaired.

Japan is a beautiful, magical place, and I am positive that I will be back in the future...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Dog, New Work...New BLOG!

NEW YEAR: I love the new's the time that I look at the past year's successes and failures, and begin to think about my goals for the upcoming year... a time to wipe the slate clean, and get down to business!

NEW DOG: Near the end of last year, we lost our sweet old bulldog; Emma. Emma has been a big part of our lives for a long time, so it was very tough. We hadn't planned to get another dog for quite some time, but our other bulldog; Oliver, seemed to become very depressed and lonely. At the end of November, we brought home LOLA...she has definitely injected energy back into the household and into Oliver! I forgot how much work puppies are, but it is great, nonetheless!

NEW WORK: I already have lots of great things planned for next year, so I am hoping to keep busy making, and really want to try this year, to focus on making work that I love creating. I have recently been developing these sculptural 'basket' forms in preparation for a big show I have coming up in May of this year....I can't wait to work on these some more!

NEW BLOG: Finally...I've just noticed that ceramic legend: Robin Hopper has started a new blog! I'm sure all of the potters know who he is, because of the numerous books, dvd's and countless articles that he has authored, but I urge you to follow his blog regularly. I'm sure it will be filled with witty humour, thoughtful musings and priceless information for any potter or person who reads it...enjoy! Visit his new blog here!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 12, 2011


It has long been a goal of mine, to have a book of my past work produced. Finally...after lots of hard work from a number of has happened!
I am pleased to offer a beautifully designed and photographed book of selected work and essays from various contributors. This 84-page, softcover book is professionally designed and printed. It offers a cohesive survey of work I have created pre:2012.

Each book is hand-signed and packaged in acid-free, resealable wrap.

Ordering and shipping info is included on the image...please click to enlarge.
Please contact me with inquiries:

Also, the book is currently available at the following locations:
Toronto- Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
Waterloo-Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (Jan. 2012)
Ingersoll- Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre
Woodstock- Woodstock Public Art Gallery
Thunder Bay- Chenier Fine Arts
Sarnia- Artopia Gallery & Framing

Great way to end the year! Thank you so much to everyone involved!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Time Flies!

Well, it seems that I have been missing in action from my blog for the past four months! Truth is, that things have been crazy busy lately, and I have been much more active at updating my facebook page than my blog.

I just returned home from an AMAZING workshop in Oregon last week, and my head is spinning with new ideas! More on that later....

I have lots of terrific things happening in the next year or so, which I am preparing for...sometimes I wonder how I am going to finish everything. I somehow always manage to meet my deadlines, and have learned to not stress about everything like I used takes the fun out of it....if it doesn't happen the way I imagined it, so be it!

I've posted a few images of some new pieces that I have been working on.
The painting, which is titled 'Putnam Clearing' is a bit of a departure from my past work, in that it is a little more vibrant, but I had great fun painting it.

The new etched pottery pieces are also a little different for me, but still have that organic, natural aesthetic that I try to achieve in my ceramic pieces.

I was very surprised to find these new pieces in a recent issue of 'The Globe and Mail' in the Style section! The article was 'Top 10 fall Design Trends' Awesome surprise!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

I just came across this image of my piece that was in the TOAE Award Winners Exhibition at FCP Gallery awhile back. There is a great slideshow of images on the TOAE website, and I encourage you to have a look....there is some pretty amazing work.
Visit the website for more images.

On another note, I have had inquiries about whether or not I am participating in the TOAE show this year. I decided not to enter this year, as I am working on some interesting projects, and feel the need to concentrate on those. I will most likely be applying the following year and hopefully I will be accepted once again! ( Fingers crossed!!!)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

On my way to Thunder Bay!

Early Thursday morning I'm off to catch a flight to Thunder Bay for what promises to be a busy but great long weekend. Thursday evening I'm participating in an exhibition opening, Friday evening I'm giving an artist's talk at Lakehead University, then all day Saturday and Sunday I'm giving a workshop to the Thunder Bay Potter's Guild at Lakehead. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and making new pottery friends, and I'm especially looking forward to the food....Potter's potlucks are always AMAZING!

I hear I need to wear lots of layers....Thunder Bay can be VERY COLD!!!

When I return home late Sunday evening, I can finally take some time to prepare for JAPAN! woo hoo!

Photo: Barry Wojciechowski

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

new year; new collections

Every year I try to work on some new collections, and this year seems to be all about white, grey, black and more variations of grey! (Perhaps it is the influence of the record amounts of snow that we have recently received in Southwestern Ontario !?!)
I think to date, this is my favourite pottery collection...I love the smooth, satiny feel of the white glaze and the paintings I could easily live with for a long time....anyone who has been to my home knows how much I love variations of grey, black and white.
Some pieces of my new collection are available at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, and my new paintings are available at Canvas Gallery in Toronto.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Canvas Gallery - Toronto

Just returned home from a nice drive to Toronto to deliver some of my newest paintings (shown above) to Canvas Gallery.
The gallery is located at 950 Dupont St. I urge you to drop in and have a look at this great gallery. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and the owners and staff are extremely pleasant.
Be sure to check out their website:

Monday, October 11, 2010


There is an amazing group from Finland called 'RAJATON'. I have had the great fortune to meet them on a few occasions, and attend a couple of their concerts. From the first day I heard their music, it inspired me, and I often listen to their music while painting or throwing on the potter's wheel.

On October 6th of this year, Rajaton released a new album, and guess whose painting is on the album cover?....This is amazing for me, as their music has influenced a lot of my work (If you know their music, I am sure you will recognize the influence.)

A bit about Rajaton from their website:
'In their native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention. The group has released 11 different albums. In 2003, Rajaton rose to n:o 2 on the charts with their album Joulu ("Christmas") which has to date sold double platinum in Finland. Building on the momentum of this mainstream success, in 2006, the group recorded Rajaton sings ABBA with Lahti Symphony Orchestra, an album which topped the charts in Finland and sold platinum in a month.

In 2010 Rajaton celebrates 13 years of music-making with one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland to their credit. Their latest album, Tarinoita, is yet another significant milestone in Rajaton's story, as it is their first fully self-produced album, released in October, 2010, by their own label Boundless Records.'

Be sure to visit their website: to learn more about them. Also, join their facebook page!

On October 15th, 2010, Rajaton will make their New York City debut at 8:00PM - singing the music of ABBA with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall! If you happen to be in New will not want to miss this!

Once again, a huge and sincere "THANK YOU" to Rajaton.... I know that when I am older and looking back on my career, this will be one of those moments that I will always remember!

Monday, September 20, 2010


There is a great gallery in Sarnia, Ontario, Called 'Artopia' that just moved to a beautiful new location. I am pleased to have both ceramics and paintings placed in this gallery. If you are in the area, be sure to drop in...the owner; Corinne is wonderful! The work of fellow Oxford County watercolour artist and friend; Sue Goossens is also carried in this gallery.

New Location:
188 Christina St. N
Sarnia, ON

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"Here In" Ingersoll Article....Thank you!

A big thank you to Katheryn Stewart-Bruni from Oxford Media Group for the great article that she wrote for "Here In" Ingersoll magazine. The support that I receive from the local community is always very much appreciated. It's great to live in a town that is full of such creative individuals and supporters of the arts.
Click on the images to enlarge them.
Visit the online version of the publication at

Monday, July 12, 2010

A big thank you & nice surprise!

After a terrific weekend at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (despite the rain on Friday during set-up!) I was very pleased to receive an Honourable Mention Award in Ceramics!
A big thank you to Tucker's Pottery Supplies for their very generous award!
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Tucker's Pottery Supplies
Photos Courtesy: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gallery Profile: ABBOZZO GALLERY - Oakville, Ontario

Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown Oakville, Abbozzo Gallery has specialized in providing the finest in contemporary art since 1993. As Oakville's finest gallery devoted exclusively to original works of art, Abbozzo represents both established and emerging painters, printmakers and sculptors.

I am pleased to be represented by this amazing gallery and encourage you to drop in, if you are in Oakville.
They now carry not only my sculptures, but also have a great selection of new paintings as well.

Click the link below to see my paintings that they currently have in stock: for more information


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I was very pleased to be asked to exhibit at the Burlington Art Centre, from May 8, until August 1, 2010 alongside my good friend Shirley Clifford, who is also from Ingersoll. The exhibition was organized by Curator of the Collection; Jonathan Smith, M.F.A., who is one of Canada's foremost authorities on ceramics. Although the show is now open, the official opening and artists' tour and talk is on June 6th, from 2-4pm. I have posted a couple of images of the exhibition installation, but this is only a small portion of the work.

About the Burlington Art Centre: A multi-faceted facility nestled next to Lake Ontario in the heart of Burlington, Ontario. It is truly a centre for art, supporting artists, staging exhibitions, nurturing a nationally and internationally recognized ceramic collection, and serving the community.

Permanent Collection: From its early foundation, the BAC also expanded to become home to a permanent collection of ceramics, vigorously acquired since 1983. The BAC Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics has achieved international recognition and is the largest such collection in Canada. It continues to grow in size and artistic depth. ( I was very pleased to find out that I have a few pieces included in this terrific collection!) for more information

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tom Thompson Art Gallery-Owen Sound

Here are some great shots of the Masterworks Southwest touring exhibition that I was fortunate to have my work included in.
If you are in Owen Sound, be sure to drop into the gallery. It is a terrific exhibition. If you can't make it to Owen Sound, check out the Ontario Crafts Council website for the other galleries that this exhibition will be travelling to, until December 17, 2010!

Masterworks Southwest - Organized by the Ontario Crafts Council
Photo Images by: Kris Rosar

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A great shot of some of my paintings

I thought I'd share a great photo, taken by photographer Kim Jeffery, of some of my paintings.
Interior designer Cameron MacNeil used them in a space that he was working on for a client. I love how he hung them as a vertical diptych, as opposed to the standard horizontal.
Be sure to Check out his website and blog:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Masterworks Southwest-Touring Exhibition

I was pleased to be included in a travelling Exhibition organized by the Ontario Crafts Council.

About the exhibition...
Masterworks Southwest is a juried travelling exhibition of contemporary craft that will visit five galleries between March – December, 2010. This exhibit will showcase 39 pieces of contemporary craft from makers across Southwestern Ontario. The exhibition will be shown at the following locations:

Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound)
Burdette Gallery (Orton)
Art Gallery of Windsor
Greenwood Quiltery & Gallery (Guelph)
Station Arts Centre (Tillsonburg)
Please join us for the opening reception on Sunday, March 28 at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery between 2-4pm.

visit: for more information
To view an online version of the publication for the exhibition, visit:

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sour Cherry Pottery- Tony & Sheila Clennell

I remember, more than 10 years ago, when I was just a newbie in the clay world, seeing a gnarly and crusty woodfired teapot at an exhibition opening, hosted by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. I had seen lots of pottery and ceramics, but this was different...It had a soul, and for some reason, I was very drawn to it.

The image of that gnarly teapot has stuck with me throughout the years, and I often would think of it, when working on my own pieces. I still strive to capture that special 'something' in my work, that I saw in that particular teapot so many years ago.

That teapot was created by Tony and Sheila Clennell of Beamsville, Ontario. In my humble opinion, Tony and Sheila create some of the most successful ceramics around, and they are the ones that a serious or new collector needs to have in their collection. I have many of their pieces, and I never tire of living with them.

Be sure to visit their website:, and also read Tony's BLOG.
His blog is one of my favourites, and admittedly, I check it daily when having my morning coffee...It inspires me to keep at it, and strive to improve my work.

Even better...If you are heading to Niagara wineries for a daytrip, stop into their showroom in Beamsville, and don't miss out on the chance to add some of their work to your collection!

Jug Photo:Marcelina Salazar

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

While surfing design blogs for inspiration...

While surfing design blogs for inspiration, I came across 'Poppyseed Creative Living', a blog by Jelena Pticek of Toronto. Jelena does a great job of reviving tired furniture into one-of-a-kind statement pieces.
The black and white vase used in one of the vignette shots caught my eye... it was a piece I made some time ago while I was living in Toronto. Seeing it again makes me want to revisit the specialized firing process.
The photos were taken by Toronto photographer Brian Reiser. Be sure to check out his website and blog as's very cool.
Photo by: Brian Reiser

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Those paintings look familiar...

Last Monday evening, I was watching 'INCOME PROPERTY', one of my favourite HGTV programs ( I think I have about 10 favourites! ) when something caught my eye. I noticed two paintings hanging in the makeover space, and thought, " those paintings look very familiar...could it be?!? " After some investigating, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were indeed my paintings...what a treat & terrific surprise!

Be sure to visit HGTV's website at:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009