About Mark Shapiro
Mark Shapiro is a potter in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to many young potters. His work, exhibited widely, is represented in many public collections and was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea. His interviews of prominent ceramic artists 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 advisory council of Studio Potter, and is a founding member of POW! (Pots on Wheels!) and director of the Apprenticelines Project, which seeks to promote and expand apprenticeship. He is currently a Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellow.
What is it that defines humankind? The acquisition of fire? language, erect ambulation? Certainly making stuff lies somewhere at the heart of it and making pottery is an essential and primordial part of who we are. Making pots at this moment in time is an act that honors our shared humanity and defies meaningless labor.