Chapel House – kiln formed glass is the latest venture in the rich, colourful and varied tapestry that has been Maureen Shearlaw’s life and career to date.
She is now running classes at her glass workshop to share her knowledge in this exciting medium teaching jewellery making as well as coasters, dishes, hangers, wall plaques, candle holders etc . She has been trained using the Bullseye Glass methods and finds glass a joy to work with.
She grew up in the West End of London and after training at Pitmans Secretarial College, worked for the book publishing company A & C Black Ltd in Soho Square, London. Maureen then worked for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in New Bond St., London, before moving to The Hague in The Netherlands. She has also lived in Belgium, Canada and Eire before eventually returning to England.
Between 1972 and 1975 she attended the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Guildford (where she received her BA in Ceramics ) and also taught for a while.
At the end of 1975 Maureen and her two small children moved from Surrey to Dunsley Mill Farm (a small 30 acre property in North Devon.) There she set up Dunsley Mill Pottery in one of the big barns.
For the next 11 years she ran her pottery as well as the farm. During this time she was successfully accepted as a full member of the highly regarded and acclaimed Devon Guild of Craftsmen and is still a member to this day. She had also many commissions at home and abroad. (Some for Corporate companies)
In 1986 she moved to Minehead, Somerset and once there, established and ran the very successful Avondale Guest House and still accepted commissions on a part time basis to keep her hand in.
In 1992 she opened Park Street Pottery & Gallery where customers were able to browse in the gallery or watch her at work.
Maureen was persuaded to start teaching in 1997 in response to the genuine interest shown by her customers. She continues teaching to this day at her home workshop.
Besides being a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen she is also a member of The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, The West Country Potters Association and The Exmoor Producers Association.
In January 2004 after receiving many commissions including displaying and selling her work in a gallery on board the Queen Mary 2 (the largest Cruise Liner in the world at that time) Maureen moved to her home pottery workshop at Chapel House to concentrate on her commissions. This is where she also holds her pottery classes.
Saudi Royal Family – Large wall mural for entrance hall to one of the palaces. Various very large bowls and vases.
Power Gas UK – large wall mural for company office entrance hall and directors’ offices.
Various Hotels and Hospitals – wall murals, water features and large bowls
Arabian American Oil Company – Large mural for company office entrance hall and Chairman and Managing Director’s offices.Queen Mary 2 – Maureen was commissioned to supply individual pieces of work to go on sale in their gallery