Jeff Shapiro's Artist Statement

by Jeff Shapiro



ARTISTIC STATEMENT

I am interested in taking the genre of wood firing as I have learned it in Japan, and pushing it in new directions; to be concious of material and form as they relate to the effects of loading and firing.

Recently, I have been experimenting with the concept of tension ie: the archaic quality of organic clay and crusty, rough textures of the firing, in tension with forms that may be faced, sharp edged and geometric.

The challenge is to have the tension strengthen those different aspects of the work so that they 'play off' each other, rather than compete with each other.

ABBREVIATED RESUME

1949
Born New York City

1973-80
Work/Study in Kyoto, Fukuoka, Ehime, Hamasaka and Bizen, Japan

1981-83
Built Anagama kiln in Accord, New York

Commission

1993
Rectangular Black Container Japan Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1990
Toyoike Gallery, Okayama, Japan

1991
Koko Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Gallery at the Courtyard, Katonah, NY

1992
Edo Gallery, Cambridge, MA

1993
Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan
The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Gallery at the Courtyard, Katona, NY

1995
Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery at the Courtyard, Katona, NY
Dai Ichi Arts, New York, NY

1996
Matsuzakaya Department Store, Nagoya, Japan
Judith Dowling, Boston, MA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1985
"Way of Tea U.S.A", Duxbury Art Complex, Duxbury, Mass.

1987
"Historic Japanese Kilns and Comtemporary American Potters", Japan Society, New York City

1988
"Wood fired Ceramics", Ten Arrow Gallery, Cambridge, Mass.
"Contemporary American Ceramics", Azuma Gallery, New York City

1989
Invitational Show, Schick Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
"The Japanese Influence on American Ceramics", Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

1990
Selected Artists from Everson Museum Show, American Craft Museum, New York City

1991
"Wood Spirits", Galleria Mesa, Mesa, Arizona
"Isezaki Invitational Exhibit", Okayama, Japan
"Wood Fire "91", Museum of Art, University of Iowa

1992-94
Gallery at the Courtyard, Katona, NY
Old Church Cultural Center - Invitational & Sale, Demarest, NJ
Gallery Camino real, Boca Raton, FL

1994
Faculty Invites - Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ

1995
Edo Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Gallery at Craft Alliance, Annual Tea Pot Exhibit, St. Louis, MO

1996
Blookfield Craft CTR
Elena Zang

COLLECTIONS

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, Ny
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Burke Collection of Art, NY
Kajima International, NJ
Mita Corporation Art Collection
University Collection, State University of New York, New Palts, NY
The Longhouse Foundation, Jack Lenor Larsen, Long Island, NY
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

Art Auctions

1990
"Collect New York"
Empire State Craft Alliance, New York City (work sold)
"Decade of Craft" American Craft Museum
Christie`s East, New York City (work sold)

Teaching, Lectures, Demonstrations, Honors

1983-86
Taught Ceramics program in Japan for Parsons School of Design, New York City

1985
Lecture and demonstration, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

1988-89
Led Ceramics and Other Crafts in Japan course for Skidmore College, NY

1991
Lecture Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Lecture, Galleria Mesa, Mesa, Arizona
Lecture, Hunter College, New York City
Lecture and demonstration, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ

1996
N.C.E.C.A. Emerging Talent, Rochester, NY
Workshop at Brookfield Craft Center, Connecticut
Lecture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Listed in

The Best of Pottery - Rockport Publishers The Encyclopedia of Ceramics Japan Art Publication
Studio Potter, December, 1992
Ceramics Monthly, Up Front, February, 1994
Wood Fired Stoneware and Porcelain, by Jack Troy, 1995

Ceramics; Art & perception Vol. 27 & 28

Work may be seen at:

Judith Dowling - Boston, Ma Gallery Dai Ichi Arts, NY, S.T. Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, NY

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Jeff Shapiro

62 Raycliff Drive
Accord, NY 12404
U.S.A.

Tel & Fax 914.626.0684

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