Shirley Vauvelle

About the artist

Shirley Vauvelle
Shirley Vauvelle
Shirley Vauvelle

Paint, Sculpture, Ceramic, Jewellery

Current Exhibitions

01/08/2017  Flora - The Yorkshire Arboretum

Past Exhibitions

03/06/2017  North Yorkshire Open Studios - Shirley Vauvelle Studio
27/05/2017  Saltaire Makers Fair - Saltaire Victoria Hall
07/05/2017  Little Northern Contemporary Craft fair - Altricham Town Hall
25/11/2016  The Harley Art Market
05/03/2016  Rites of Spring - The Whitehouse Gallery
10/10/2015  East Yorkshire Open Studios
04/08/2015  Coastal Gardens
10/07/2015  British Summertime
23/03/2015  Spring Into Yorkshire
09/11/2013  A Christmas Show 2013 at Gallery 49
07/07/2013  Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - The King's School
15/06/2013  Open Studios
08/06/2013  North Yorkshire Open Studios - Studio
01/06/2013  Flowers and Gardens - Gallery Forty Nine
15/04/2013  Flight Feathers - Art&Rose, Pocklington
17/11/2012  Treasure - Masham Gallery, Masham
10/11/2012  Christmas Mix - Jam Eton, Windsor
20/10/2012  Winter Lux - Christmas Exhibition - Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
01/09/2012  British Hedgrows - Cambridge Contemporary Crafts, Cambridge
24/06/2012  Holmfirth Art Market - Holmfirth Art Market, Holmfirth
16/06/2012  Natural Materials - Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
09/06/2012  North Yorkshire Open Studios - Lebberston hall, Scarborough
30/05/2012  Hay Festival
20/05/2012  Hare's Eye Art Fair - Nawton Towers Gardens near Helmsley, Near Helmsley
05/05/2012  Menagerie - Gallery 49, Bridlington
06/04/2012  Solo show - The Real Wood Furniture Company, Woodstock
13/03/2012  Ceramic Showcase - Blue Tree gallery, York
03/03/2012  Mille - fleurs - Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
21/01/2012  Amore exhibition - Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds



Shirley Vauvelle is quickly becoming recognized nationally and international as an established British maker. Her mixed media work is collected in the UK and overseas. She graduated from Leicester Polytechnic in 1989 with a degree in Surface Decoration. After taking time out to raise her three boys she has built up a small business producing unique contemporary assemblages which are shown in galleries across the country. Alongside developing her ceramic and driftwood pieces, Shirley works on mixed media canvases. These are built up with layers of colour and texture over a long period of time until the right feel and balance is achieved. Influenced by marks and patterns found on the landscape or moment she might witness while looking onto her garden.

Shirley creates wall hung and freestanding sculptures using white earthenware to hand build components, small creatures, birds and fish. Texture is embossed into the surface of leather dry slab rolled clay. After hand building a component it is bisque fired. Then under glazes and oxides are applied and rubbed away to give layers of colour. Fired again at a higher firing temperature. Components are then assembled together with driftwood, wire, vintage maps to create a narrative giving the components a harmonistic relationship with the reclaimed materials. Shirley is also developing working with porcelain to create beautiful individual pieces concentrating on surface quality and informal shape.

Influences come from Danish and Scandinavian design and mid 20th century ceramists such as Aldo Londi and painters such as Amedeo Modigliani and Frida Kahlo.

Her work is inspired by moments in time, such as an observation made in her garden or on a walk along the east coast where Shirley lives. With her sculptures there is an underlying quirkiness to each piece.


She supplies contemporary galleries nationally and internationally, with over 17,000 followers on social media. Earlier this year she was commissioned by an Italian architect to produce an installation for the Hilton Hotel Molino Stucky, a five star hotel in Venice. Shirley’s work and studio has been featured on Channel 4 ‘s program Homes by the Sea, Series 2 episode 2. Her work has been featured in magazines both in the UK and America.