HMA welcomes Shapiro as Walter Gropius Master Artist

March 1, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — T he Huntington Museum of Art will welcome ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in March. Shapiro will speak at HMA about his work during a free public presentation on March 7 at 7 p.m.

An exhibit of work by Shapiro will be on view at the Huntington Museum of Art from March 7 through May 26, 2019. Shapiro will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled “Slab Construction and Textured Surfaces” on March 8-10, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701 for information on workshop fees.

New York native Jeff Shapiro studied ceramic arts while living in Japan for close to 10 years. His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy; The Massachusetts Museum of Fine Art, Boston; and The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, among others. Shapiro, who lives and works in upstate New York with his wife, Hinako, has led workshops in many countries and built two wood fire kilns in Italy.

Shapiro is both a master potter and a master storyteller. He has an extensive background in Japanese ceramic techniques and works in a variety of genres, from sake cups and tea bowls to abstract sculpture and large-scale works. His unique ceramic style fuses traditional and contemporary visions and is characterized by a combination of elegance and handmade earthiness. Shapiro embraces natural irregularities that emerge through his process. “I respond to the beauty that exists in the imperfections of nature,” writes Shapiro. “A torn leaf, a crack in a cement wall, a twisted branch, a shaft of lightning cutting through the night sky. All have the potential to be dimensions of beauty that feed the artistic soul and creative process.”

For more information on events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible