Heather O'Shaughnessy

Heather O'Shaughnessy is a fine artist and arts educator skilled in several artistic media, including ceramic arts, wax sculpture, illustration, watercolor, block printing and fine paper cutting. Growing up in St. Louis Missouri, she started her journey as an artist as a child through classes offered by community based, non-profit art institutions just like the Hui, which inspires her deep appreciation of community supported art programs. She continued to broaden her studies of the ceramic arts and in 2006 created a collection of vintage inspired, functional ceramic ware and hand enameled porcelain jewelry. She enjoys the study of rare art techniques such as layered porcelain painting and enameling and the art of Dresden lace, an art technique almost totally lost with the destruction of most of the porcelain houses and factories during the bombings of Dresden in World War II. She also spent many years experimenting with ceroplastics, the art of modeling and casting in wax, and as part of the Pop Surrealist movement, she exhibits her wax relief sculptures internationally. She is the proud mother of an 11 year old daughter (also a burgeoning artist) that attends Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili and in their free time, they’re usually creating art!