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Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Jeff Shapiro

March 7 - May 26, 2019

The artist will discuss his work during a free public presentation at HMA on March 7, 2019, at 7 p.m. The artist will facilitate a three-day workshop at HMA titled “Slab Construction and Textured Surfaces” on March 8-10, 2019. Call (304) 529-2701 for workshop fee information.

Jeff Shapiro (b. 1949, NY) studied ceramic arts while living in Japan for almost a decade. He has exhibited his work internationally and is represented in numerous museum collections around the world, including The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. He has led workshops in many countries and built two wood fire kilns in Italy. Shapiro lives and works in upstate New York with his wife, Hinako.

Jeff Shapiro is both a master potter and a master storyteller, with as many insightful and humorous anecdotes as technical and aesthetic thoughts. He has an extensive background in Japanese ceramic techniques and works in a variety of genres, from sake cups and tea bowls to abstract sculpture and large-scale works. His unique ceramic style fuses traditional and contemporary visions and is characterized by a combination of elegance and handmade earthiness. Shapiro embraces natural irregularities that emerge through his process. “I respond to the beauty that exists in the imperfections of nature,” writes Shapiro. “A torn leaf, a crack in a cement wall, a twisted branch, a shaft of lightning cutting through the night sky – all have the potential to be dimensions of beauty that feed the artistic soul and creative process.”

Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Jeff Shapiro

​Shown is an example of work by Jeff Shapiro. Image courtesy of the artist.