American Studio Pottery – Making of a Movement

Linda Sikora and Mark Shapiro,
Linda Sikora Tea Service 2017 porcelain, stoneware
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Moderator: Adrienne Spinozzi
Panelists/Speakers: Linda Sikora and Mark Shapiro

Internationally recognized potters Linda Sikora and Mark Shapiro discuss their divergent backgrounds, training, and influences as a way to touch on significant themes in postwar North American ceramics. Sikora, educated in Candian and American academic ceramic programs and now department head at Alfred University, and Mark Shapiro, a studio potter who pursued field-based learning, will focus on their distinct experiences, studio work and mentors to illuminate the artist's relationship to ceramic history.

Linda Sikora resides with her family near Alfred NY where she has a studio practice and is a Professor or Ceramic Art at Alfred University. Academic study in visual art (BA) and a ceramic-based apprenticeship in British Columbia was the foundation of her training which continued at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (BFA) and University of Minnesota–Minneapolis (MFA). Authored articles are printed in Studio Potter, Ceramic Review and, online at Interpreting Ceramics. Professional activities are national and international. Residencies include: Archie Bray Foundation; Chunkang College of Cultural Industry, Korea; Tainan National College of The Arts, Taiwan; Clay Edge, Australia. Public collections include: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Racine Art Museum; Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art; LA County Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; Everson Museum; Huntington Museum of Art; Fuller Craft Museum.

Mark Shapiro is a potter in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to more than 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 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. 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 2010). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine. He is a founding member of POW! (Pots on Wheels!) and is director of the Apprenticelines Project, which seeks to promote and expand apprenticeship.

Moderator, Adrienne Spinozzi is Assistant Research Curator of American Decorative Arts, The American Wing, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.