Shay Salehi is a Guelph-based artist working with glass. She attended Sheridan College, where she explored her desire to face new challenges by choosing to work with a medium she had no experience with—glass. After a few years of exploring the different qualities and processes of the material, she began to find comfort in particular methods such as kiln casting and the pate de verre technique.
Shay has been interested in the fragility of glass and its ability to mimic other materials. Her 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 the pieces are rough, uncontrolled, and extremely fragile. These bowls do not display the well-known properties of glass, such as transparency or optics. At first glance, one may not even realize that her work is made from glass.
Shay graduated from Sheridan College's Craft and Design Program and is currently working in her new studio space in Guelph, Ontario. She was recently awarded the GAAC Project Grant and Best of Exhibition (Student) at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.