Shay is a Toronto based artist working with glass. She attended Sheridan College to explore her desire to face new challenges by choosing to work with a medium she had no experience with, glass. After a couple 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 its transparency or optics; therefore at first glance one might not even consider her work to be made from glass.
In 2016 Shay relocated her studio space to Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. She has exhibited her glass work across Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Japan and Germany. In 2017 she returned back to school and is currently studying Sculpture/Installation at OCADU.