Thank you for joining me here for my first post! For those of you who may not know me, my name is Shelby Roberie and I am the artist and maker behind Shelby Roberie Ceramics. I am currently a senior at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I will be graduating this December with a Bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in ceramics. Over the course of the past year, I have been working towards creating a cohesive dinnerware set that will be displayed along with other graduating art students.
This dinnerware set is completely hand-crafted. The pieces are thrown with porcelain on the potter’s wheel and later surfaced with hand drawn lamb’s ear plants. I draw a lot of my inspiration from plant life, so creating a plant motif on my work seemed natural. The hand drawn designs allow my creativity and art style to show more than a typical glaze would. The lamb’s ear is drawn primarily with dots, so each piece can take up to 45 minutes to surface. This process allows me to put a personal touch on every piece that I create.
My work is created to be as elegant as the fine china that we typically only use on special occasions, but durable enough to be used every day. My goal as an artist is to make work that can be enjoyed during any circumstance, whether you are eating a fine, home-cooked meal or a TV dinner.
This dinnerware set is a year in the making and finally being done with it has been bittersweet. The senior exhibition will be open from November 15th through December 6th in the Abercrombie Gallery in the Shearman Fine Arts building at McNeese.
I have posted all of the images from my senior thesis/exhibition in the “Portfolio” tab on the home page of this website.
Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all!