Manor Farm Fused Glass – 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 continued teaching at her workshop until early 2016 and had moved from Minehead, Somerset to Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire to be near her children.
She has temporarily retired from teaching ceramics to put all her energy and concentration on running Fused Glass Workshops at various levels. Situated in Rowsham, in her bright and spacious workshop where all the beautiful glass items are created.
The results of her student's amazing achievements after only one workshop can be viewed here in Student's Gallery
Many students inspired by the Foundation Taster Course are now attending even more specialized courses.
Some of Maureen's Commissions
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.