Trained in glass-making at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Shelley's over-arching interests include the interaction of glass and light and the way in which form and finish delineate space and mediate our experience.
Research includes approaches to creating forms through modelling, moulding and casting using a variety of processes and materials.
Most recently PhD research has focused on the synthesis of "technology" with traditional glass-making; exploring the potential for CAD and CAM tools and ways in which the skills associated with their use may become embedded within the craft practitioner's repertoire, enabling their appropriate and sensitive use to expand rather than displace existing skills.
Following the completion of her PhD, Shelley has been working on collaborative research with industry partners. By adapting and applying research tools developed as part of her PhD and glass-making practice, she has been able to work with industry to implement a creative experimental approach to create design capability and products beyond those initially envisaged by the company.
Further research is underway and routes to apply and adapt findings within an educational context are being explored.