Shauna MacLeod


I am a maker at heart and I create decorative and functional domestic ware as well as ceramic sculpture using primarily Nova Scotia red earthenware clay.  I am influenced strongly by my environmental landscape, historical ceramics, and significant life events.  Much of my work has a personal connection vital to what I want to communicate.  I want my work to show evidence of the handmade, to express the comfort and ritual of daily use, and to represent community, sharing, and ritual.

My production pottery uses richly saturated colours that contrast elegantly with the iron rich clay body.  Every detail is considered when choosing form, colour, and decoration.  I want to create a partnership between myself, the user and the object so that the user feels the joy that I experienced in the making.

My sculptural work is highly influenced by my pre art school career as a paramedic and emergency medical dispatcher, as well as my own health struggles.  I am fascinated by our body’s ability to heal from most injuries or illness and how that healing affects us in our daily lives and creates part of our story. 

I graduated with a BFA from NSCAD University in 2011 and participated in the Summer Professional Development Residency with the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design in 2011.  I started Black Crow Pottery in Dartmouth Nova Scotia in 2012 and have been participating in numerous juried group exhibitions throughout the country as well as many juried craft shows.  Besides my solo graduation show in 2010, I had my premiere solo exhibition at a commercial gallery in 2014.