John Shirley


  • making – teaching¬† -mentoring


Learn new techniques and processes. Personalise your ideas. Increase your skill. Broaden your knowledge. Develop your style.


A variety workshops are being offered, such as, Kilns and Kiln Firing, Professional Practice for Ceramists and
Working with Porcelain, to name a few.


Ignite your ceramic practice. Explore new concepts in your work. Discover your ceramic voice. Realise your potential. Challenge yourself!


About me

I have been making pots since 1970 and in 2000 my journey with bone china began and after much testing I produced a body of extreme whiteness with excellent translucency. Bone china remains my focus today. Having always been fascinated by the translucency and whiteness of the body and the way light interacts with it, I am finally making the work I feel is a true expression of myself. My commitment is to the pursuit of excellence in my work, and in this the importance of the journey exceeds that of the destination.

Send me a message!

I would love to hear from you regarding anything you would like more information on, be it my work or classes, workshops or the Mentorship Programme.



John shirley

  • +27(83) 407 5968