Dierdre Shea is a


practicing in Oakland, CA.

I am a freelance interdisciplinary industrial designer and ceramic artist with an insatiable curiosity about our object, emotional, and community needs. With a background in fine arts and a master’s degree in Industrial Design, I am passionate about referencing art, crafstmanship, and design thinking to create object-experiences that probe our state of being, and positively impact our lives. My specialty is ceramics, manufacturing, and home products. My process is inquisitive and making-centric, and I deploy that ethos throughout the ideation, prototying, and user-experience process. Central to my work is a commitment to the values of participatory design and historic and cultural competency. Collaboration is key. Material experimentation is my favorite side project.

I recently launched studioORANGE, an experimental studio focusing on exploring and subverting the aesthetics of sustainable manufacturing processe to incorportate more sustainable objects in the home.

To learn more about my work experience and special projects, get in touch!
For educational and art experience, see below. 


MID, Master of Industrial Design - Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), with distinction 2018
        - Andrew Kostellow Fellow
        - Phyllis & Conrad Milster Endowed Scholarship

BFA, Painting - Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), Dean’s List, 2009
        - Marburg Fellowship Finalist
        - Zayed University, Design in the Connected World. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) 2008


ARTFOOD Residency at Polskie Fabryki Porcelany Ćmielów i Chodzież S.A. with Marek Cecuła of Modus Design. Summer, 2016 (Ćmielów, Poland)

School 33 Artist in Resident, Baltimore, MD. 2010-2011.

exhibitions, workshops, happenings

JONALD DUDD, group show. May 2019. New York, NY.

PULL-TAB ALLEY, with Extrapolation Factory, Radika Agarwal July 2018, @MmuseumM, New York, NY.

NYCxDESIGN Graduate Show. May, 2018, Brooklyn, NY. Pratt Institute.

NYCxDESIGN Student Showcase May, 2017, New York, NY.

NEW APPROACHES BY DESIGN: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM April, 2017. New York, NY. Church Street School for Music and Art.

ARTFOOD. 2016-ongoing New York,NY: Pratt Manhattan Gallery, David Weeks Studio. Lublin, Poland: Centrum Spotkania Kultur.

THE GIFT SHOP curated byalldayeveryday. 2015. Redbull Studios, New York, NY.

School 33 Bienniel, 2011. School 33, Baltimore, MD.

Member of the Female Design Council and NCECA.