Shirley Fintz (RSA)

Born and educated in Harare, Shirley attended The University of Cape Town and for the first year studied for a BCom in economics. She then decided to change direction after which being accepted at UCT’s prestigious fine art school, Michaelis. Although Shirley only briefly explored with clay during the four-year course, Shirley met accomplished ceramicists and former Michaelis student, Barbara Jackson, who inspired her to look at the medium again for her concluding thesis in her final year.

After a successful solo exhibition showcasing her ceramics in Cape Town, Shirley decided to master the art of clay sculpting and worked in Barbara Jackson’s pottery studio for 15 years. Shirley’s technique excludes using the pottery wheel as she doesn’t like the flawless finish it produces, but rather prefers her work to be offbeat, lose and free. She sees beauty in her imperfect pieces and loves the hand building process.

Her inspiration comes from her collection of everyday things such as, toys, art, jewellery, vintage clothes and tribal craft. She uses these to merge the past and the present by adapting old-fashioned designs and putting them in new contexts. South African culture also plays a part in the direction her work has taken, since she likes the pieces she creates to have reference to where she’s from.

She also co-founded the successful non-profit company ‘Monkeybiz’, with Barbara Jackson in 2000. And her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally.

What Are We Doing

Type: Ceramics

Size: 63x13x35cm

Available

R 8 500

Willow Bird & Rider

Type: Ceramics

Size: 38x17x42cm

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Too Cute To Shoot

Type: Ceramics

Size: 70x50x15cm

Available

R 8 500

Circus Act

Type: Ceramics

Size: 55x20x50cm

Available

R 8 500

Protect Me

Type: Ceramics

Size: 64x16x38cm

Available

R 8 500

How Very Dare You

Type: Ceramics

Size: 67x19x53cm

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What Have We Done

Type: Ceramics

Size: 38x23x15cm

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But There Is Hope

Type: Ceramics

Size: 57×12.5x35cm

Available

R 8 500

I was once Innocent

Type: Ceramics

Size: 70x24x14cm

Available

R 8 500

I’m Innocent

Type: Ceramics

Size: 37x8x14cm

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It’s Never Too Late

Type: Ceramics

Size: 40x11x25cm

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Look What You’ve Done

Type: Ceramics

Size: 35x13x25cm

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Protect Me Rhino

Type: Ceramics

Size: 28.5x16x47cm

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Think With Your Heart

Type: Ceramics

Size: 84x31x15cm

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Huge Caged Owl

Type: Ceramics

Size: 60x36x22cm

Available

R 8 500

Caged Chicken

Type: Ceramics

Size: 19×13.5×16.5cm

SOLD

Caged Dove

Type: Ceramics

Size: 19x11x15cm

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Caged Owl

Type: Ceramics

Size: 20x19x13cm

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