Shirley Cloete studied drawing and painting in London and design at Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. Shirley was captivated by glass and in 1974 she began her studies with Annette Meech in the technique of hand blown glass at the Glass House, Covent Garden, London.
On returning to Somerset West she set up her own furnace, annealing oven and equipment. She has had many exhibitions since then in South Africa, three in London and one in Munich. She was a member of the British Artists in Glass and the Glass Art Society in America.
Her inspiration comes largely from nature - abstract shapes of land and seascapes and the environment.
Shirley regular dives off the coast at Danger Point and the sunlight through the water provides inspiration for many patterns in her glass.
Shirley has pieces of her glass in the Dusseldorf Museum, Germany, Broadfield Glass Museum, England and the Talana Glass Museum, Dundee, South Africa. She pioneered the Studio glass movement in South Africa.
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