My current work explores the behaviors that result from interactions between animals and humans in a narrative context. Still life images of drawn animals, people, and other illustrations on a variety of ceramic forms represent the dynamics of relationships and carry meaning through human desire to anthropomorphize and relate to animals. Vessel forms such as cups, platters, jars, and bottles possess a strong predisposition to carry the narrative quality of the images by virtue of their functionality, tactility, and dimensionality. The role of function in this case allows a more intimate and active involvement to develop with the drawings, helping to acquaint the user with the images overtime with each use.
Shanna Fliegel is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY where she teaches both children and adult ceramic classes, while maintaining an active studio practice. Shanna graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics in May of 2008. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 2001 prior to completing two ceramic artist residencies at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA and at Greenwich House Pottery in NY, NY. Shanna lives in Tarrytown, NY and grew up in northwestern New Jersey.