Wanda Shum is a B.C. grown artist who was formally trained in Electronic
Communication Design at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design; she’s been
an independent artist for over 18 years with a variety of works to her name.
All her work has embodied an attention to detail in form and function.
Wanda’s works are recognized for their bright and whimsical qualities.
Currently, she’s working with polymer clays in a technique called
‘millefiori’. ‘Millefiori’ or ‘A Thousand Flowers’ is a traditional Venetian
glass art that involve the formation of a cane-like sculpture with fused
glass rods that has a pattern throughout. The modern version of this is
created by laying different coloured polymer clays together. Then the cane
is sliced to reveal the design within. Wanda describes ‘millefiori’ as a
combination of painting and sculpting.
This technique has allowed her to create unique limited edition designs of
jewellery (She has created a few exclusive designs for the Manitoba Museum
of Man and Nature). Her latest body of work, especially her teapots have
moved beyond the framework of form and function into the distinct realm of
collectible art pieces.