Shay is a Guelph based artist working with glass. After a couple years of exploring the different processes and qualities of the material she began to focus on particular methods, such as kiln casting and the pate de verre technique.
Shay is interested in the fragility of glass and its ability to mimic other materials. In her current body of work she studies these qualities using line, shape, colour and texture formed by the pate de verre technique. She fuses glass beads into pure and simple forms. The lips on the pieces are rough, uncontrolled and extremely fragile. Since her bowls don’t have the transparency we expect to see with glass, at first glance they don’t even look like glass.