When Shay was finishing high school she had a desire to face new challenges
by choosing to work with a medium she had no experience with, glass. After a
couple years of exploring glass, and discovering different processes of working with it Shay began to find comfort in particular methods, such as kiln casting and the pate de verre technique. Shay enjoys the fragility of glass, and its ability to mimic other materials.
Shay’s current body of work 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, which play with negative space and texture. The lips on her bowls are rough, uncontrolled, and extremely fragile. These bowls do not display the well known properties of glass such as its transparency or optics; therefore at first glance one might not even consider these bowls as glass.
Shay recently graduated Sheridan College and received the GAAC Project
Grant. She is currently working on the development of her studio space in Guelph, Ontario.
Shay Salehi is represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, located in Toronto, the leading contemporary glass art gallery in Canada.