Mark Shapiro resume


1989 Penland School, studio assistant, Michael Simon

1987 Penland School, studio assistant, Mary Roehm

1978 Amherst College, BA in anthropology

{selected exhibitions}


Tabletop Vessels from the Permanent Collection • American Museum of Ceramic Art • Pomona, CA

Bottles and Other Muses • Ferrin Gallery • Pittsfield, MA

20/21 Modern Style+Studio Craft • Stonover Farm • Lenox, MA

Mark Shapiro and Brad Schweiger • AKAR Gallery • Iowa City, IA

American Pottery Festival • Northern Clay Center • Minneapolis, MN

Mark Shapiro • New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH


The Present Object (with Karen Karnes) • Lacoste Gallery • Concord, MA

Unearthed • McGowan Fine Art • Concord, NH

All Together Now: Ceramic Sets • Pewabic Pottery • Detroit, MI

Why Clay? • Old Church Cultural Center • Demerest, NJ

Ahead of the Need • Schaller Gallery • Red Lodge, MT

16 Hands Studio Tour (guest artist) • Floyd, VA


Mark Shapiro • Kobo Gallery • Seattle, WA

Mark Shapiro and Peter Beasecker • AKAR Gallery • Iowa City, IA

2-D, 3-D • Ferrin Gallery • SOFA New York

American Masters • Mudfire Pottery • Decatur, GA

Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate the Object • Arrowmont • Gatlinburg, TN

Three Potters • Foster Gallery, Noble & Greenough School • Dedham, MA

Made in Clay • Greenwich House Pottery • New York, NY

From One Hand to Another” • Guilford College Art Gallery • Greensboro, NC


4th World Ceramic Biennale • Icheon World Ceramic Center • Icheon, Korea

Range of Motion (solo show) • Lacoste Gallery • Concord, MA

Recent Work (solo show) • Ferrin Gallery • Lenox, MA


Table Matters: International Contemporary Tableware • Crafts Council Gallery • London, England • Emmanuel Cooper, curator

Tea: Engaging the Senses • White Lotus Gallery • Eugene, OR

30/30 • Lill Street Art Center • Chicago, IL

Watershed Artists • Ferrin Gallery • SOFA New York, NY

Featured Artist • AKAR Gallery • Iowa City, IA

Pottery Jam (curator) • Worcester Center for Crafts • Worcester, MA


American Masters • Santa Fe Clay • Santa FE, NM

Gropius Master Artist • Huntington Museum of Art • Huntington, WV

Fill it to the Rim • Kohler Arts Center • Sheboygan, WI

Lacoste Gallery Artists • SOFA New York

Karen Karnes and Her Legacy • SOFA Chicago

Functional Clay • Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art • Great Falls, MT


Mark Shapiro: New Work • Lacoste Gallery • Concord, MA

Mark Shapiro • AKAR Gallery • Iowa City, IA

Contemporary New England Ceramics • Currier Museum of Art • Manchester, NH

Studio Potters • Ferrin Gallery • SOFA Chicago

Mark Shapiro, Matt Metz, Mara Superior • Ferrin Gallery • New York Ceramics Fair

Old Worlds/New Worlds (curator) • Lacoste Gallery • Concord, MA

Functional Ceramics • Wooster Craft Center • Wooster, OH


Great Pots • Newark Museum of Art • Newark, NJ

New York Ceramics Fair • Ferrin Gallery • National Academy of Design • New York

Container/Content • Fuller Museum of Art • Brockton, MA

Asian Influences • White Lotus Gallery • Eugene, OR

Mark Shapiro • Clay Studio • Philadelphia, PA

Functional Pottery • Santa Fe Clay • Santa Fe, NM

Salon Exhibition • Lacoste Gallery • Concord, MA

Influences: Michael Simon, Michael Kline, Mark Shapiro, & Sam Taylor • Earth & Fire Gallery • Vienna, VA


Pots Presented • Baltimore Clay Works • Baltimore, MD

New York Ceramics Fair • Ferrin Gallery • National Academy of Design • New York

Mark Shapiro and Mara Superior • Ferrin Gallery • Lenox, MA

Newbury Street Window • Society of Arts and Crafts • Boston, MA

Studio Potters • Ferrin Gallery • SOFA Chicago


Clay USA • Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution • Washington, DC

Objects for Use: Handmade by Design • American Craft Museum • New York, NY

Mark Shapiro • Lacoste Gallery • Concord, MA

25 Select 25 • Lill Street Gallery • Chicago, IL

Salt & Ash • Santa Fe Clay • Santa Fe, NM

Twenty-Two Ways of Clay • Meadows Gallery, University of Texas • Tyler TX


Beyond the Body: Architectural Ceramics (curator) • Lacoste Gallery • Concord, MA

Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt • Folk Art Center • Asheville, NC

The Poetics of Austerity • WDO Gallery • Charlotte, NC

Pots for Daily Life • Show of Hands Gallery • Denver, CO

Teapots Transformed • Ferrin Gallery • SOFA Chicago

Smithsonian Museum Craft Show • Washington, DC

Twenty Stokers • Blue Heron Gallery • Deer Isle, ME

Woodfire 2000 • Lill Street Gallery • Chicago, IL


Born of the Ashes • Arkansas Art Center • Little Rock, AR

Tender Edges: Mark Shapiro & Silvie Granatelli • WDO Gallery • Charlotte, NC

Karen Karnes and Friends • Vermont Center for Crafts • Waterbury, VT

Surface, Form & Fire: Paul Dresang, Mark Shapiro, & Michael Simon • Ferrin Gallery

International Woodfire Exhibition • Iowa City, IA

Clay Today • Islip Art Museum • Islip, NY

A Fiery Influence (Cynthia Bringle) • Folk Art Center • Asheville, NC


Strictly Functional Pottery National • Market House Craft Center • Ephrata, PA

Intimate Influences (with Sam Taylor & Michael Kline) • Craft Alliance • St. Louis

A Collector’s Invitational: Wood-fired Pottery (curator Dewayne Perry) • Ferrin Gallery


Functional Work, American Potters • Arvada Center for the Arts • Arvada, CO

Pottery Exhibition II • Joanne Rapp Gallery • Scottsdale, AZ


Mark Shapiro • Ferrin Gallery • Northampton, MA

Mark Shapiro: Wood-fired Pottery • WDO Gallery • Charlotte, NC

Wood, Fire, Salt • Contemporary Artifacts Gallery • Berea, KY

In the Stoneware Tradition (co-curator) • Ferrin Gallery • Northampton, MA


Third Annual Teapot Show • Craft Alliance • St. Louis, MO

Mark Shapiro: Wood-fired Tableware • Restaurant Tokyo • New York, NY

Studio Japan Annual Open House • Kingston, NJ

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show • Philadelphia, PA


Teapot Show • Lill Street Gallery • Chicago, IL

Home and Garden • Pewabic Pottery at the Ford Estate • Grosse Pointe, MI

Invitational Pottery Show • Old Church Cultural Center • Demerest, NJ

Smithsonian Craft Show • Washington, DC


NCECA Clay National • San Diego Museum of Art • San Diego, CA


Wood-fired Ceramics • Ferrin Gallery • Northampton, MA

Nine Massachusetts Potters • Fitchburg Museum of Art • Fitchburg, MA


American Woodfire ‘91 • University of Iowa Museum of Art • Iowa City, IA

{selected teaching, lectures, & curating}


Workshops: Anderson Ranch Jamaica • West Indies Field Expedition

Curator: “Many Paths: The Legacy of Karen Karnes” Penland School Gallery

Co-lecture (with Mark Hewitt): “Potters in Print” • NCECA Conference • Tampa, FL


Juror: National Biennial Ceramic Competition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester

Visiting Artist: Rochester Institute of Technology

Panel: “Karen Karnes’s Chosen Path”, Ceramic Center, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ


Panelist: National Endowment for Arts, visual arts grants

Visiting Artist: Union University, Tennessee; Queens College, CUNY, New York

Thesis Committee: Marlboro College, VT

Workshops: Rochester Folk Art Guild, Rochester, NY; Castle Hill, Truro, MA


Panelist: “Critically Speaking,” at NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA; “Art, Craft, and Design” (Andrew Glasgow, moderator), at Utilitarian Clay Conference, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN

Demonstrator: Utilitarian Clay Conference, Arrowmont School, TN

Workshops: Penland; Columbia University Teacher’s College; Seward Park, Seattle, WA

Visiting Artist: Virginia Commonwealth University


Curator: “Containing History,” a show of 8 contemporary potters, concurrent with exhibition of the ceramic collection of Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

Workshop: Greenwich House Pottery, NY

Visiting Artist: Penn State University, PA


Demonstration: early American stoneware techniques, POTS Conference, Newark, NJ

Workshops: Haystack School, ME (with Karen Karnes); Anderson Ranch, CO; Penland School, NC (with Michael Kline)


Moderator: “Karen Karnes, From the Inside Out” (film), SOFA, Chicago, IL

Panelist & Initiator: “Apprenticeship: Alternative Paths in Ceramic Education,” NCECA


Panelist: The Philosophical Legacies of Studio Pottery, SOFA Chicago Workshops at 92nd St Y, New York NY; Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD


Featured Demonstrator: Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Font Royal VA

Lecture and Demonstration: Great Pots, Newark Museum of Art, Newark NJ

Workshops: Gropius Master Workshop, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV; “Historical influences on contemporary stoneware,” Penland School (with Ellen Denker); Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA

Demonstration: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA


Lecture: “Early American Stoneware and the Present,” New York Ceramics Fair, National Academy of Design, New York NY


Panel (moderator and initiator): “Early American Stoneware Traditions” with Charles Zug and John Burrison panelists, NCECA Charlotte NC


Lecture & Demonstration: “Teapots Transformed: Points of View,” SOFA Chicago Workshop at Wesleyan Potters, Middletown CT


Workshops: Castle Hill, Truro MA; Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA


Lecture: “Putting on Wares: Pottery, Privilege & Folk Traditions,” Amherst College, MA


Workshops: Haystack School, Deer Isle ME; 92nd Street Y, New York NY


Workshops: Penland School, North Carolina; Mudflat, Somerville MA

{selected awards}

Strictly Functional award, 2000 (Ken Ferguson, juror)

Strictly Functional, 1998 (Cynthia Bringle, juror)

Finalist, New England Foundation for the Arts, 1997

Emerging Talent, National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts, 1995

{selected publications}


Editor. A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.


Racz, Imogen. Contemporary Crafts. Berg Publishers, UK.

“Working Potters,” Ceramics Monthly

“Firing Philosophies” (book review), Ceramics Monthly


Catalog essays on Hamada, Kawai, Meaders, Karnes, for Innovation and Change. Arizona State University Press.


“The Potter’s Eye” (book review) American Craft 66.2 (April/May 2006)

Interview of Michael Simon, Studio Potter 32.2 (June 2006)

Interview of Michael Simon, Laitman Archives of American Craft, Smithsonian Institution Washington DC

Interview of Karen Karnes, Laitman Archives of American Craft, Smithsonian Institution Washington DC

“A Well Dusted Collection” Scott Frankenberger, Ceramics Monthly, 54.8 (October 2006)


Norris, Scott, “Mark Shapiro,” (show review) American Craft 65.2 (April/May 2005)

“Lyrical Functionalism,” Studio Potter 33.2 (June 2005)


“Beneath the Surface, Linda Sikora: A Conversation with Mark Shapiro” Studio Potter 32.2 (June 2004)

Braham, Jeanne. Made By Hand: Art and Craft in the Heartland of New England. Commonwealth Editions.


Dietz, Ulysses G. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy. Guild.

Norris, Scott. “Mark Shapiro” (cover story) Ceramics Monthly, September 2003.

“Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference,” Clay Times, November/December 2003.

The Penland Book of Ceramics: Master Classes in Ceramic Techniques. Lark Books.

Rogers, Phil. Salt-Glazed Ceramics.


“Old Church Cultural Center, 28th Show” Ceramics Monthly, December 2002

“Mark Shapiro,” (cover story) Fine Art Ceramics, February 2002


Smith, Paul J. Objects for Use: Handmade by Design. American Craft Museum.


Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object. Guild Publishing.


Du Bois, Alan, Born of the Ashes: Woodfired Ceramics, Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR

{public collections}

Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum • Little Rock, AR

Currier Museum of Art • Manchester, NH

Huntington Museum of Art • Huntington, WV

International Museum of Ceramic Art • Alfred NY

Mint Museum of Art • Charlotte, NC

Newark Museum • Newark, NJ

Racine Art Museum • Racine, WI

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution • Washington, DC

American Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art • Pomona, CA


Ceramics Monthly, advisory board

Studio Potter, contributing advisor