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Shelley James

Category: Glass
Location: South East London
Description: Dr Shelley James trained in textiles and printmaking before completing a PhD by practice in the Ceramics and Glass Department at the Royal College of Art. Her practice combines traditional approaches with the development of new techniques to explore the creative potential of glass. Shelley has an ongoing residency at the Bristol Eye Hospital and has recently completed the prestigious Jerwood Commission in collaboration with psychologists and crystallographers to explore perception of space and symmetry. Shelley has also teamed up with mathematician Sir Roger Penrose to explore quasi-crystals for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2015 and showed again in 2017. Most recently Shelley exhibited an immersive colour-shifting installation for the Saatchi Gallery. 


In Spring 2017, Shelley decided to offer creative electrical services to others, so she signed up to a series of City and Guilds exams. Now Dr Shock, Shelley offers a range of services from rewiring an antique lamp to retrofitting low energy bulbs in a ceiling and Pat testing.


“I love this combination of science and art, craft and technology. And never tire of the thrill as electrons flow through a circuit and a bulb flashes into life.”



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