Whilst studying at Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, Shirley created a giant-sized Coca-cola can which launched her career as a ceramicist. Her creations are wondrous, of eclectic subject matter, at times quirky and tongue-in cheek. She has exhibited both in South Africa and internationally and in 2009 opened her own studio where she works and teaches in a happy inspiring atmosphere. She shares the building with her sister’s yoga studio.