Ceramic Arts and the
Inspiration of Japan
Monday, June 13, 2022
2 PM via Zoom
This lecture will discuss Shapiro's connection to Japan and the ceramic artists who have informed his work, including anecdotes about his time with a few of those artists. Shapiro will speak about his process of wood firing and show examples of his work from the various kilns he fires in the Hudson Valley. He will also touch on the concept of the beauty that exists in the imperfections of nature, as well as ceramics and food -- the aesthetic presentation.
Jeff Shapiro was born in the Bronx, New York in 1949. He presently works and lives in upstate New York with his wife Hinako. He studied ceramic arts while living in Japan for nine years, from 1973-1981. His work has been exhibited internationally in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, England, and Japan. His work can be found in numerous museum collections including The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn New York; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; and Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts. He has given workshops and seminars in many countries around the world, and he has built two wood fire kilns in Italy. Shapiro has exhibited widely since 1993 in national and international museums and galleries and has also published articles in a variety of ceramics and general interest publications.