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Mark Shapiro

Mark Shapiro's work has a functional base that is infused with intensity and intention taking it to the level of art. He is an important link in contemporary American ceramics. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Mint Museum and International Museum of Ceramics at Alfred. Shapiro is also an inspired teacher and mentor to young potters.
Mark Shapiro - Lighthouse Jar w/Feet Mark Shapiro - Footed Square Jar 'U' view 1 Mark Shapiro - Footed Square Jar 'U' view 2
Mark Shapiro - Bottle with Circles Mark Shapiro - Set of Four Plates 1 Mark Shapiro - Set of Four Plates 2
Mark Shapiro - Platter Mark Shapiro - Square Cups w/ Circles, Medium Mark Shapiro - Square Cups w/ Circles, Small
Mark Shapiro - Deep Bowl w/ 'U' Mark Shapiro - Large Mugs w/ Bands Mark Shapiro - Medium Mugs w/ Bands
Mark Shapiro - Large Three Handled Jar w/Marking Mark Shapiro - Amber Jugs with Three Handles Mark Shapiro - Amber Mugs with Stripes
Mark Shapiro - Large Platter w/ Amber Center Mark Shapiro - Woven Platter w/ Small Dots Mark Shapiro - Large Platter, Green
Mark Shapiro - Tall Paddled Bottle w/ Black Markings Mark Shapiro - Paddled Bottle w/ Two Handles, Black Markings Mark Shapiro - Paddled Bottle w/ Two Handles, Blue/Green
Mark Shapiro - Large Three Handled Jug, Black Mark Shapiro - Rope Green Serving Bowl w/Scraped Spiral Mark Shapiro - Rope Green Serving Bowl
Mark Shapiro - Tall Canister w/ Markings Mark Shapiro - Large Barrel w /Markings Mark Shapiro - Set of Five Bottles w Drips and Markings
Mark Shapiro - Brown Jar, 2007 Mark Shapiro - Large Oval Bottle w/White Script, 2009 Mark Shapiro - Platter show card
Mark Shapiro - Oval Bottle w/ Pours Mark Shapiro - Oval Bottle w/ Pours Mark Shapiro - Mark Shapiro and Karen Karnes
Mark Shapiro - Large Flattened Bottle with Yellow Center Mark Shapiro - Close Friends Mark Shapiro - Five Dancing Forms
Mark Shapiro - Umber, Tan, and White


Education
1989 Penland School, studio assistant, Michael Simon
1987 Penland School, studio assistant, Mary Roehm
1978    Amherst College, BA in anthropology


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017    “7 Approaches to the Vessel” Hillman-Jackson Galley, Simon’s Rock of Bard College, MA
New York Ceramics Fair, (Ferrin Gallery) New York
"Imaginary Border: Ceramics as a Transcultural Language," Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, OR
Sam Taylor and Mark Shapiro, “To For The Road” Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
“The Culture of Pots,” Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN
“Woodfire Invitational” Starworks, NC
“The Last Drop: Intoxicating Pottery, Past and Present,” NC Pottery Center, Seagrove NC
2016    “413 Pioneering Western Massachusetts” Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA  
“Anderson Ranch 50th Anniversary Exhibition” NCECA, Kansas City, KS
2015     “Mark Shapiro” (solo) Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
“Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future” American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona
“Time for Tea: Contemporary Ceramic Teapots from the Racine Art Museum’s Collection” Madison-Dane County Regional Airport, WI
“The Beauty of Function: The Moser Collection” Cedarhurst Center, Mt  Vernon, IL
2014 “Mark Shapiro and Bhakti Ziek” Aidron Duckworth Museum, Meriden, NH
“North Carolina Clay Conference Presenter Exhibition” Randolph Art Guild, Asheboro, NC
“Anderson Ranch Artists” SOFA, Chicago, IL
2013   “Art of the Pot” San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX
“Collaboration/Co/Elaboration” (with Karen Karnes) Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
“Stark Contrasts: Black and White Ceramics from the Collection” Racine Art Museum, WI
2012   “Sources and Influences: Clay Artists, Mentors, Students” Huntington Museum of Art, WV
2010 “Tabletop Vessels from the Permanent Collection” American Museum of Ceramic Art, CA
“Mark Shapiro” (solo) New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
“Bottles and Other Muses” (solo) Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2009 “The Present Object” (with Karen Karnes) Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2008 “Mark Shapiro” (solo) KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA
“2-D, 3-D” Ferrin Gallery, SOFA New York
“American Masters” Mudfire Pottery, Decatur, GA
2007 “4th World Ceramic Biennale” featured artist, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea
“Range of Motion” (solo) Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
“Recent Work” (solo) Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
2006   “Table Matters: International Contemporary Tableware” Crafts Council Gallery, London, UK
2005   “American Masters” Santa Fe Clay, Santa FE, NM
“Gropius Master Artist” (solo) Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
“Fill it to the Rim” Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
“Karen Karnes and Her Legacy” SOFA Chicago, Ferrin Gallery
2004 “Mark Shapiro” (solo) AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
“Contemporary New England Ceramics” Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
2003 “Great Pots” Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
“Container/Content” Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
“Mark Shapiro” (solo) Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2002 “New York Ceramics Fair” Ferrin Gallery, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2001 “Clay USA” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
“Objects for Use: Handmade by Design” American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1999   “American Woodfire” Iowa City, IA