Vicky Shaw studied at Staffordshire University in the UK gaining a BA(Hons) and thereafter an MA in Ceramic Design. On completion of the postgraduate study she became a Research Fellow in the School of Art & Design, Ceramics Department at the University of Wolverhampton, specialising in Ceramic Printing. On completion of the period of research in 1988 Vicky was appointed as a part-time lecturer at Wolverhampton teaching on the BA Ceramics Course. Her workshop is in Orkney, currently Vicky is working as a freelance maker and educator.

Vicky is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts, London and has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition in July 2015 “Printed Abstracts” was at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. She also had a major solo exhibition, ’Compositions colour-pattern-form‘ in 2005 at the Deutsche Porzellanmuseum, Selb, Germany.

An extract from the catalogue essay by Moira Vincentelli (from the ’Compositions colour-pattern-form’ exhibition catalogue)

She wrote: The potential of print on ceramics has come into its own since the 1990s especially through the ironies of post-modern approaches where quotation and referencing is central to the message. Vicky Shaw’s work, however, has always remained more attached to formal concerns akin to the universal aesthetic of modernism rather than the relativist position of postmodernism. That said, she too has espoused the rich possibilities of secondary meanings, which make her assemblages so poetically intriguing.


In 2007 Vicky was selected for the 4th World Biennale in South Korea where she was awarded a Diploma of Honour, in the Ceramics for Use category. In 2008 Vicky was selected to exhibit work in The 8th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan, Ceramics Mino Park, Tajimi City, Gifu, Japan where she received an Honorable Mention.

Jury selected international exhibitions include; Westerwald Prize 2009 in Germany and the 9th international Biennial of Ceramics Manises 2009 in Spain.

Vicky recently worked on a collaborative project with public artist Gwen Heeney, they developed proposals for the built environment combining brick, porcelain, print and glaze surfaces, this project won them an Award for the Built Environment in the British Ceramic Biennale in Stoke-on-Trent in 2009.

She has worked on research and development projects at Wedgwood (UK), Rosenthal, (Germany) and the Kohler Co (USA) as a surface pattern designer and ceramic print consultant.

She has been a visiting lecturer widely in the UK and at the University of Kansas, USA, Burg Giebichenstein, Hochschule Fur Kunst Und Design, Halle, Germany and Konstfack University College of the Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm, Sweden

She has work in collections at Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Wales, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon World Ceramic Centre, Republic of Korea, University of Wales Ceramic collection, Aberystwyth, Wales, The Wedgwood Museum Trust, Barlaston, Staffordshire, Imerys Minerals Head Office, Paris, Grainer Collection, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, USA and the Liling Ceramics Valley Museum, Hunan, China.