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Artist: Mark Shapiro
Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine. stonepoolpottery.com
Many potters stay away from plates—they warp, take up a lot of studio shelf and kiln space, and are receptacles for the debris that inevitably is cast about during firings. Customers are also more immediately comfortable acquiring a mug then a handmade plate; they can be heavier and less familiar than industrial ware. As such they tend to be on scholarship from more reliably profitable pots. But I do not want to be like a furniture maker who makes tables and not chairs—chairs being more complex yet less remunerative. To me it is interesting to make the many pots that people use.
Description of Plate:
Plate, 2013, 9.25” x1.25”h, wood-fired, salt-glazed stoneware.
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