At a tender age of seven Shayna Leib first saw glassblowing at a local university and was fascinated by it. At California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California she received her BA in philosophy with minors in glass and literature. After initially accepting to pursue PhD in philosophy Shayna chose to study glass at the graduate level and moved to Madison, Wisconsin. It is there that she completed MFA in May, 2003. She also got involved in teaching and researches and served the role of Adjunct Faculty in Department of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison and also Lecturer in Sculpture & Drawing at Department of Art, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. The fluidity of melted glass as well as its capability in capturing a moment frozen in time induced Shayna in being in love and excelling in this art form over the years.
Born in 1964 it is not until she turned 40 that Fenella Elms’s actively started modelling dreams on potter’s wheel. She was working as an Occupational Therapist for National Health Services then and found it befitting to create structures and patterns using ceramics as a medium. A recipient of Ceramic Review Award for Exceptional, Innovative and Challenging work at Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art in 2011 Fenella’s work is a narration in ‘fragile permanence’.