Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I'm off to New York very very early on Boxing Day morning...hopefully!
With the crazy weather, airport delays and the incredible amounts of snow lately, I am still determined to get there!
While I am there, I am very much looking forward to some R&R, great food, and fun with friends. I am also planning on taking as many photos as I can. I have been experimenting with some new mixed media paintings in preparation for the new year, and can't wait to use my trip to New York in winter as inspiration for my new body of work! I'll post some new images when they are completed.
This will be my last post until 2009! It's been a great year!
Happy Holidays,

Monday, December 8, 2008


This past November, I once again flew to Chicago to visit the SOFA Expo (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair). I realize that I write frequently about this, but I feel that is the best around, and it is the premier expo of Sculptural Objects & Functional Art. If you want to see the best ceramics, sculpture and glass... it is very much worth the trip. (Besides...who would pass up a trip to Chicago?!?!)

While I was there, I was looking at the Lafrenière & Pai Gallery booth, which is one of the galleries which represents the work of my all-time favourite ceramic and mixed media artist; fellow Canadian Peter Powning. From my beginnings in working with clay, Peter Powning has been the artist whom I most admire, and has reached a level in his career which I hope to one day achieve. He unknowingly has had the biggest impact on me as an artist.
I was chatting with the gallery owner about Mr. Powning's work, and she informed me he was at the show. She then introduced me to him...that was the highlight of the show for me and made this trip to SOFA the best yet. Upon speaking with him, I found out that he had purchased a piece of mine for his collection from the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. That was the icing on the cake!

The image above was one of my favourites from his recent exhibition at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto. ( A stunning Gallery...not to be missed!)

To view Peter Powning's amazing work, visit his website:
Sandra Ainsley Gallery:
Lafrenière & Pai Gallery:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Art Gallery of Ontario -- Grand Re-Opening!

I can't wait to visit the AGO When it re-opens!
Starting November 14, 2008 the AGO will reopen its doors to the public and unveil its transformed design, interactive galleries and inspirational art, beginning with three days of free admission:

Friday, November 14, 4 pm to 12 midnight
Saturday, November 15, 10 am to 12 midnight
Sunday, November 16, 10 am to 5:30 pm

I recently delivered a large shipment of new pieces to the AGO shop...from teacups to large wall pieces.
About the new shop: Designed by world-renowed architect Frank Gehry, the new AGO shop will be home to some of the most unique merchandise in Canada. Spanning some 7,000 square feet, the store’s floor-to-ceiling windows infuse natural light over an array of products.
Don't miss it!
visit for more info.


Once again, I am flying to Chicago for the weekend (Nov 7-9) to visit the SOFA Expo. I look forward to it every year, and can't wait to see what's new! for more info

I am also looking forward to visiting Lillstreet Art Centre in Chicago to see a group exhibition, which is showing one of my all-time favourite ceramic artists: Maren Kloppmann!

See below for further info:
Lillstreet Art Centre - DISTINCTIVE LINES
November 5- 27, 2008
Opening reception: Sat, Nov. 8, 4-9pm

Distinctive Lines is an exhibition shown in conjunction with the annual SOFA Chicago show. The exhibition brings together the work of five nationally known potters who all share a connection to celebrated potter Warren Mackenzie. The invited artists are Mazin Adam, Sam Chung, Marc Digeros, Maren Kloppmann, and Mark Pharis. for more info

Above Photo:Dale Chihuly
Sapphire and Goldleaf Chandelier
67 x 46 x 46"
Represented by Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge, MA

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

CANADIAN HOUSE & HOME MAGAZINE - October 2008 issue!

Be sure to check out the October 2008 issue of CANADIAN HOUSE & HOME MAGAZINE! Design Editor Cameron MacNeil featured my large wheel-thrown lava and bronze bowl in his 'Ask a Designer' column. Many thanks to Cameron MacNeil!
The Art Gallery of Ontario's grand re-opening gala on October 2, 2008 will feature similar pieces in their newly-renovated shop, as well as some new long-necked bottles and delicately thrown celadon porcelain bowls and teabowls. (Canadian House & Home) (Art Gallery of Ontario)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I recently brought some of my new handbuilt vessels to the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and was pleased with all of the incredible feedback and also very pleased that many of them found homes in prominent collections. I thought I'd share a few images of them, along with my new acorn bottles.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Thank you to the County of Oxford for purchasing a large painting and a large pillar sculpture for the lobby of the newly-built County Administration Building! The support and encouragement from the local community is always wonderful!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I recently visited on of my galleries to take some reference photos of my paintings, and loved how they were displayed alongside the ceramic pieces of other Canadian Ceramic Artists
I love how the bird painting looks paired with Sarah Link's sculptural eggs.
The second painting is paired with a figurative sculpture by Reid Weir of Newfoundland.
I love the third painting (and am thinking of keeping it for myself!) The large ceramic sculptural shoe is by well-known British Columbia ceramic artist Kinichi Shigeno.

Friday, May 23, 2008


I am very pleased to once again be participating in the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION this July. This is my favourite show, and one not to be missed. The quality of the art is always top-notch.
I will be showing some new boat forms and some new porcelain work this year. Perhaps a large sculpture or two, as well.
My booth number is 376...located in the green section.
Check out their website for dates and information.
See you in July!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Spring cleanup! With the summer approaching, I decided it was time to freshen up my showroom! Oliver; my bulldog ( who follows me EVERYWHERE I go ) matches perfectly!
My new porcelain celadon teapots and tea bowls have been quite popular. So simple and classic! My showroom is open by appointment only from mid-May until December 31st. Details are available through my website:

Monday, May 5, 2008


I can't wait to head back to New York the 29th of May to see the SOFA EXPO! I enjoyed it so much in Chicago this past November, that I couldn't miss the New York show. Check out their website to preview who is going to be there. It's going to be amazing!

The photo above is:
Hervé Wahlen
Bis, 2006
Hammered copper with gold leaf, 15"h x 16.5"w x 12.5/8 d (38.1 x 41.9 x 32.1 cm)
Represented by Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York, NY

Monday, April 28, 2008

Gallery Feature: Circle Arts-Tobermory

As the warm weather approaches, Circle Arts Gallery in Tobermory is preparing to open for its season. (May 17- October 13) If you are in the area, be sure to visit this gallery. I Love working with the owners; Simon, Glenda and Arlene. Their enthusiasm and support is wonderful.

Below is a great description of my current work, from the owners of Circle Arts...

"Shane Norrie joined Circle Arts three years ago when the business
partnership of Glenda Burrell, Arlene Kennedy and Simon White
first acquired the 39 year old summer art gallery at Tobermory in 2006.

We are excited with Shane's work as he concentrates more on an artistic
focus this season and proud to offer these innovative works for our
collectors and over 35,000 seasonal visitors.

Circle Arts is all about presenting the creative energies of artists
like Shane who are exploring new horizons and expanding our awareness of
new possibilities for the interpretation of our world. "

Be sure to visit their website to look at their roster of artists

Thank you to Circle Arts for the kind words!


I have just completed a series of new canvases & am loving the white-on-white paintings. I suppose it is the influence of a long a Canadian winter! Here are a few of my favourites.
( The yellow and last painting with the black frame are actually ones that I borrowed back from private collections to have photographed, but are probably my all-time favourite paintings.)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

CHECK IT OUT!-- Style at Home Magazine

Thank you so much to the people at Style at Home Magazine, for featuring me and my work in their Spring Issue. (May 2008, page 38) What a great way to Welcome Spring! Yay!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I just recently completed this large painting for my solo show in September 2008. This is the first piece I finished for the exhibition, and am working on sculptural pieces to be displayed with my paintings . These new sculptural pieces will be much different than previous work, but I am looking forward to developing them into a cohesive body...I am finding it so interesting to see how my painting and ceramics feed off of one another in both process and product. I am looking forward to seeing how they relate together in a gallery setting when they are completed and hung.
Can't wait for September!

Monday, January 28, 2008


One of my all-time favourite ceramic artists recently had an exhibition at Willock & Sax Gallery in Alberta. Although I didn't get to see the exhibition in person, there are quite a few images on their web site. Have a look:
You can see why I am a fan of his work...his textural glazes are incredible!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sculptural Vessels

I have been creating these hand built vessels, and am loving the results! I posted some previously, but here are some more that weren't yet completed.
I am very proud of these pieces, and I feel a renewed sense of excitement when I go in to the studio to work on them!
Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Although The AGO is closed for total reconstruction, (It is going to be amazing...see above rendering) the shop, which has a nice selection of my smaller sized lidded vessels remains open online! How convenient. Visit their website and choose DESIGN on the left-hand menu to see what is available of my work.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


With the start of a new year, I always seem to evaluate what I have been doing, and where I have been heading in regards to my work. The latter part of last year was very much like this, as I desperately wanted to spend more time on my sculptural pieces, but found I was much too busy with orders to do this.
As a result, I have decided to take this year to work on my paintings, and more sculptural expressive pieces. I will not be supplying as many galleries for the next year. I have a major show coming up in September, and am looking forward to working on that. I have added a couple of photos of new pieces that I recently made. This week, I began working on a few more, and can already see an exciting progression. I would love to hear what you think about this new work.
Happy 2008!