Shauna Merriman, b. Riverside, CA,  is a sculpture, ceramic and installation artist who uses clay as a material for its geologic properties, often making works tied to geographic locale and exploring topics of personal and communal histories as they relate to constructions of identity. 

Following Fellowship Awards and an Artist Residency in Dresden, Germany from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Merriman lived as a studio artist in Germany for several years as part of an artist initiative and project space, geh8 Kunstraum und Ateliers e.V., working within community and with other artist-run off spaces and sites.  In addition to exhibiting throughout Germany, she collaborated with local and international artists to organize and host site-specific exhibitions, performance and sound art, interdisciplinary symposia and Artists in Residents from other countries.  She also taught at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (Dresden Academy of Fine Arts).  

Merriman now has her studio practice in Mansfield, CT, where she currently teaches at University of Connecticut and Connecticut College.  From Ridgecrest, CA, she attended Cerro Coso Community College before receiving a BFA in Ceramics at the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University and MFA from The Ohio State University.