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Cascades and Glacial Landscapes

Following a friendship that has spanned more than thirty years, it is with great excitement that I am able to collaborate, at long last, with my very talented friend, Jeff Shapiro, on this special virtual exhibition of his new sculptural work. We first met many decades ago at an early exhibition in New Rochelle, New York. While I was already very intrigued with Japanese ceramics and collected in Japan for my own home, it was not yet an area in which specialized as a private dealer in Japanese art. Of course, that focus pivoted completely more than twenty-five years ago, and Japanese clay art has become my major pursuit and passion.

Through the years and many exhibitions, both in the US and Japan, I have followed Jeff’s career with admiration, happily acquiring works here and there. From those early days as an avid follower of the Bizen tradition and technique to the current independent and highly personal, and powerful body of sculptural work, his course of development has been inspiring to witness. So, despite my gallery rule to handle only the clay art of Japanese artists, I believe this new work to be so compelling that I felt I had to make it available to my ceramic-focused clientele. It is with great pleasure that I introduce this series Cascades and Glacial Landscapes in this virtual on-line only catalogue and exhibition.

Joan B. Mirviss 

Selected Works

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Ice Flow #9
20 1/2 x 15 x 7 in.

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Ice Flow #10
12 1/2  x 20 x 7 inches

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Ice Flow #11
Glazed stoneware
21 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 7 inches

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)

JEFF SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Oribe Series #1
Glazed stoneware
12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Press Release

bio pt 1

Jeff Shapiro was born in the Bronx, New York in 1949. Drawn to Japan to study the ceramic arts, Shapiro remained there for nine years, from 1973 to 1981. During that period, he first studied with Takatori Seizan in Kyushu and then with Yamauchi Tatsuo in Shikoku. Under the auspices of his patron, Kabumoto Nobuo, he spent three years building a kiln, house, and studio compound in Hamasaka on the Japan Sea Coast. He then worked at the Yamashita Joji kiln site in Bizen, at what was then the newly-built studio of an apprentice of Living National Treasure, Isezaki Jun. Shapiro considers Isezaki-sensei a seminal mentor during most of those years.
Upon returning to the US in 1981, Shapiro began building his own anagama (tunnel kiln) and studio in upstate New York, where he lives today with his wife, Hinako.
His inaugural anagama firing was in 1984.

"When I returned from Japan, I believed everything must be done in the traditional way: kick wheel, wood-firing kiln, yakishime, and emphatically no slips or glazes. This is what I studied and learned in Bizen.
I now take the freedom to use whatever material, forming technique, and firing method that I feel will best serve the concept of the work I choose to make."


bio pt 2

Over the past thirty-five years, Shapiro has exhibited internationally in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, England, and Japan. In 1993, he exhibited at the Takashimaya Department Store Gallery in Tokyo and the same year received a commission from The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a vessel for the Arts of Japan gallery. He has exhibited twice with his mentor, Isezaki Jun, at Marianne Heller Gallery in Germany (2008 and 2010), and in three-person shows with Claude Champy and Tsujimura Shiro on three continents: Kokon Gallery in New York (2010); Capazza Gallery in Nançay, France (2012); and Kakiden Gallery in Tokyo (2013). Additionally, Shapiro has long been active teaching others and has received invitations from around the world to lead workshops: including India, Taiwan, New Zealand, Switzerland, France, Canada, Spain, and Bali, Indonesia. His artworks are in many important private collections and museum collections.

Selected Public Collections

bio pt 3

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Little Rock, AR
Boca Raton, Museum of Contemporary Art, FL
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Huntington Museum of Art, WV
LongHouse Reserve Foundation, East Hampton, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
University Art Collection, State University of New York, New Paltz

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