Hello, my name is Shelby Wren and I am an artist specializing in painting, drawing, and pottery. I have loved creating since I was a youngling and was thrilled to learn that through an education in art, I could push my skills and knowledge to become a "career creator."
Middle school started my training in painting and drawing, which was my focus through high school and eventually to Valencia College—where, in 2011, I earned my associate's degree in fine arts. After a short break, I pursued my interest in all things ancient and earned a bachelor’s degree in art history in May of 2019 from the University of Central Florida (UCF).
In 2017, a painting of mine titled Reflections was selected to be featured in the UCF Gallery, in a show called Resilience: Remembering PULSE. I will be participating in this year’s Dia de los Muertos show at CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando with three clay skulls for the event.
During my time at UCF, I started working with a new medium. Clay was a required course in high school and college, but it didn’t really call to me until I started pinching pots. Pinched clay pots were some of the first forms of art created right alongside cave paintings. The pinched form has been a dominant interest of mine and understanding how the organic outcome of a piece can be both dramatic and subtle intrigues me.
When I work in clay, anything seems possible, which has kept my interest in clay as an art form … from creating small delicate pieces to challenging myself to make bigger forms and exploring added elements to those forms. I love ceramics and enjoy exploring the different challenges that clay can present to an artist.
Thanks primarily to my work in clay, I was selected as an "Emerging Artist" for the Winter Springs’ ArtoberFest in both 2016 and 2017. I am also sharing my love of painting, drawing, and clay as an instructor of children’s classes at a local art studio, and have been leading hand-building clay workshops for adults. Sharing my love for art is how I try to give back for all the things art has shared with me.
My goal is to create a good size pinch pot army one day!
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