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SHAPIRO, JEFF
SHAPIRO, JEFF
NEW YORK

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I ‘look’ with the intent of perceiving the artistic elements of what I am viewing rather than the intellectual dissection of information. To that end, I want to be moved and inspired, and respond to the potential of experiences I encounter.

I approach the process of making as a creative process giving myself the freedom to improvise, or run with an idea and see where it takes me, to keep the work alive and evolving. If I do not approach my work in this way, then the work stagnates and will precipitate the beginning of the end, which leads to a slow death.

I am interested in making my own work more fluid. This may be the result of softer clay, or more spontaneous forming techniques: less attention spent on technical perfection and more time spent on understanding the ‘wholistic’ approach to concept, material and process.

In the wood fire genre, the romanticism of the firing effects often dictates or overshadows the other aspects of the work. But actually, the material and forming process, as well as surface color and texture must be compatible. The firing alone cannot make up for weaknesses that may exist in either the clay character or forming process.

I respond to the beauty that exists in the imperfections of Nature; a sense that perfection as we know it does not necessarily equate with beauty, that in actuality, beauty exists. It is for us to behold, discover and expand our vision to appreciate a beauty that exists outside of a predetermined western perception.

A torn leaf, a twisted branch, a crack in a wall, it is all about perspective and perception. When related directly to ceramics, I think of these terms as dimensions or layers. Even cracks in clay can be a dimension of beauty depending on how they relate to the other aspects and qualities of the piece in question.

RESUME
1949 Born in Bronx, New York
1973 - 1980 Work/Study in Japan
1981 Built and set up kiln site with Anagama kiln, Accord, NY
Present Living in Upstate New York with wife Hinako and children: Ryan and
Ayako

SOLO AND SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2012
Gallery Capazza, France, 3 person exhibition with Claude Champy and Tsujimura Shiro
Workshop and Exhibition at Golden Bridge pottery: Pondicherry
2011
S.O.F.A. NY, Lacoste Gallery
Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010
Tenmaya Gallery, Okayama Japan
Marianne Heller Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany: 2 person
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
Kleinart Gallery, Woodstock, NY
2009
Aberystwyth, Wales
2008
Shino Exhibition, Girossen, France
Marianne Heller Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany with Uwe Loellmann and Isezaki Jun
2007
Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino, Italy
S.O.F.A NY, Lacoste Gallery, New York, NY
Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
2006
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA Cross Generational Isezaki lineage
Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA
2003
La Medusa Exhibition, Este, Italy
2002
National School of Art, Canberra, Australia
Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000
Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Central Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1998
Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tenmaya Department Store Gallery, Okayama, Japan
1997
Tenmaya Department Store Gallery, Okayama, Japan
1996
Matsuzakaya Department Store Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
1995
Tenmaya Department Store Gallery, Okayama, Japan
1993
Tenmaya Department Store Gallery, Okayama, Japan

COLLECTIONS
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, NY
Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
Currier Museum, Manchester, NH
Boca Raton Contemporary Art Museum, Boca Raton, FL
Arkansas Art Center and The Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AK
Kajima International, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Mary Burke Collection of Art, New York, NY
The Longhouse Foundation, Easthampton, NY
University Art Collection, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
COMMISSION
1993 Large Black Rectangular Platter,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Japan Gallery, New York, NY

PUBLICATIONS
2006
Forward for “Soda, Clay and Fire”, by Gail Nichols
Tojiro, Issue #48
2005
“From Pig Palace to Clay Studio: Building a Kiln and Studio Under the Tuscan Sky”, Ceramics Technical, Issue #20
“Food and Vessel: The Japanese Aesthetic of Presentation”, Studio Potter,
Vol #33
“Aesthetics of Wood Firing”, The Log Book”, Issue #21, March 2005
2004
“Finding One’s Own Voice”, N.C.E.C.A. Journal
Veranda Magazine, December 2003 Issue, Ceramics Technical
2003
Ceramics Monthly, March Issue, Front Cover
Ceramics Art & Perception, Issue #53
Ceramics Technical, Issue #16
“21st Century Ceramics in The United States and Canada”
2002
“The Ceramic Surface”, by Matthias Ostermann
2001
“American Shino”, by Lester Richter, credit page
The Wall Street Journal, July Issue
Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue #44
2000
The Washington Post, October 19
“Wood Fired Ceramics – Contemporary Practices”, by Coll Minogue and Robert Sanderson
1999
“The Spirit of Clay”, by Robert Piepenburg
Design Source Book – Ceramics by Edmund De Wall
1998
Ceramics and Beyond, Dai Ichi Arts Ltd.
American Craft Magazine, April/May Issue
1997
Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue #28
New York Magazine, March Issue
Japan Times
1996
“The Best of Pottery”, Quarry Books
The New York Times, July 28
1995
“Wood Fired Ceramics”, by Jack Troy
“Yakimono Sanka – In Praise of Ceramics”, by Robert Yellen
1990
“Encyclopedia of Ceramics”, Japan Art Publishing Company

TEACHING, LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
2007
Workshop and Presentation, Centre de Céramique, Montréal, Québec, Canada
International Juror, Auckland, New Zealand
Workshop, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand
Lecture, “The Romanticist and the Pragmatist”, Ceramics Fair NYC, New York, NY
2006
Workshop, Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, Lancaster, PA
2005
Lecture, “The Artist Patron Relationship in Japan: Excerpts from the Memoirs of a Ceramic Artist”, New York University, New York, NY
Workshop, Kalkspatz, Munich Germany
Lecture, Handwerk Gallery, Munich Germany
2004
Lecture and Workshop, Chester Springs Studio, Yellow Springs, PA
Collaboration with Tom Spleth to build a 2 chambered wood firing kiln and ceramic studio in Spannocchia, Italy
Assisted in translation and discussion of Bizen;
in particular Kakurezaki Ryuichi, Radcliff Symposium, Cambridge MA
Opening speech and panel discussion, Wood Fire Conference, Iowa City, Iowa
2002
Moderated a panel discussion entitled, “Finding One’s Own Voice”, N.C.E.C.A. San Diego, CA
National Art School, Sydney, Australia
Lecture and Critique, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
International Guest Speaker, Wood Fire Conference, Tanja, Australia
Summer Six Workshop, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2001
Panel Presentation, “Food and Ceramics”, Japan Society, New York, NY
Lecture, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
2000
Lecture, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Summer Session, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC
1998
Summer Session, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC
1996
Guest Speaker for Mark Shapiro, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC
“Japanese Contemporary Studio Craft”, Japan Society, New York, NY
Lecture, New York University, New York, NY
“Wood Fired Unglazed Ceramics – The Tradition and the Evolution”,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Workshop, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
“Emerging Talent”, N.C.E.C.A., Rochester, NY
Lecture, Hunter College, New York, NY
1991
“Wood Fired Ceramics”, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
Summer Program in Japan, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Summer Program in Japan, Parson’s School of Design, New York, NY
1987
“Historic Japanese Kilns and Contemporary American Potters”,
Japan Society, New York, NY