THE CERAMIC ART OF JEFF SHAPIRO AND SHIGEMASA HIGASHIDA
November 10 - December 2, 2012
UPDATED NOVEMBER 3 2016 I would like you to find much difference between clay and other materials such as glass, metal, stone, and wood and how I bring out and express the distinctive feature of clay. I always try to make my works released from preconceived concept. Size, weight, and other functions that my work has are created by such open-mided imagination. However, I also know it is important that I learn from our predecessor's works to elaborate my sensibility. Only if I acquire these elements can good works be made. As a potter I hope you can find your original way to use my pottery. After all, my works become the ultimate works as they are used. I sincerely wish you would enjoy my works and hopefully sympathize with the sensibility that I express.
Jeff Shapiro (b. 1949, NY) studied ceramic arts while living in Japan. His work has been exhibited internationally in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada and Japan. His work can be found in numerous museum collections including The Sevre Museum, Paris, France; The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy; The Massachusetts Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; and The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA. He has given workshops and seminars in many countries around the world, and has built 2 wood fire kilns in Italy. He has curated in numerous important ceramic exhibitions for us and in conjuction with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Harvard Ceramics.
New work by Jeff Shapiro and Shigemasa Higashida