Works from a recent wood firing
6 December 2016
Unglazed wood fired clay, fired within the kiln firebox. 100cm long.
Unglazed wood fired clay, bowl clay mixed with pumice.
Unglazed wood fired clay, bowl Coromandel red clay mixed with white raku clay.
12 October 2016
My first solo exhibition opening in Napier this Friday.
Pangeaseed Sea Walls, Napier
27 March 2016
I was delighted to be one of the invited artists to take part in the first New Zealand Pangeaseed Sea Walls project www.pangeaseed.org This international project aims to raise awareness of ocean conservation and sustainability by producing street art and murals in selected locations around the world. Here are some images of my wall in progress and the finished mural. Check out some of the amazing murals around Napier at @seawalls_ @pangeaseed
6 January 2016
My last print of 2015. Myth has it that Hermann Goering ordered the release of raccoons into the German countryside in 1934. What is true is that Germany has a growing problem of an increasing wild raccoon population which is spreading into other areas of Europe. There’s a obvious parallel here with the large number of human refugees seeking asylum in Germany in 2015.
Moving into sculpture
5 November 2015
My first attempts at creating a sculpture in clay. I wanted to see the Japanese catfish and monkey in a three dimensional form. Not yet fired… slowly drying ready for the kiln.
Thanks to John Gisborne for advice on ceramic technique. We have begun some collaborative work –
My drawing onto a piece thrown by John.
Continuing the Japanese theme, these woodblocks were made for a recent exhibition in Napier. Printed on paper and calico.
1 September 2015
Some prints finished in the last week.
16 August 2015
Back from my travels and working on a new series of woodblocks on the theme of Japanese shapeshifting animals.
Handprinting woodblocks on calico
29 May 2015
Large scale prints on paper cause some challenges when it comes to exhibiting and storage. I decided to try a new approach by hand printing a couple of my recent works onto pieces of calico fabric. I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the results and will definitely be exploring this method further.
This woodblock had been tricky to print on paper due to the amount of grain on the sheet of plywood. Printing onto calico produced a more satisfactory result with higher contrast.
Sample Exhibition opening
17 April 2015
I am currently showing my Moby Dick series as part of a group exhibition with some of my fellow graduates. We are at the relatively new Community Arts Napier Gallery on Byron Street, Napier, Hawke’s Bay. On until 8 May – go and have a look if you are in the area.
Proof print and inked woodblock
13 April 2015
12 April 2015
Completing the woodblock
09 April 2015
Shape cut out, drawing completed ..now ready to Start the process of carving the plywood block
Large woodblock in progress
3 April 2015
Today has been spent drawing the image onto a sheet of plywood, cutting it out with a jigsaw, then sanding the edges. This work will be part of my contribution to the collective exhibition Sample, to be shown at Community Arts Napier from 17th April.
2 April 2015
Fergus, 2015. Mezzotint on paper, Plate size 120mm x 80mm © Morag Shaw
In April, I was fortunate enough to attend a mezzotint workshop given by Julia Ellery at Kathy Boyle’s studio. After hand rocking our own copper plates, I made this image of a fruit bat and produced several prints using a variety of inks.
Thanks to Julia and Kathy for giving their time and expertise.