Mark Shapiro has made wood-fired functional pots in Western Massachusetts for the past 25 years. He is frequent workshop leader, lecturer, panelist, curator, writer, and mentor to a half-dozen former apprentices. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov are in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and he is editor of A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (University of North Carolina Press 2010) that accompanies a traveling retrospective. His own work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennale in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Mint Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the International Museum of Ceramic Art, the Racine Art Museum, and the Currier Museum. He is represented by the Ferrin and Lacoste galleries.