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Tom Shafer, Thomas Shafer

Biography to Display: 

Born1938 

 

EDUCATION

 BFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1965 MFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1965 - Potter

 

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Shafer is best known for hand built decorative stoneware forms and wheel-thrown functional stoneware. Common forms are plates, bowls and covered jars. Some pieces are decorated by using molds to either stamp into the clay surface or used to create sprigs (a molded clay detail to be applied with slip to a clay vessel surface). Before glazing, Shafer stains the form with iron or manganese oxide to create a surface for colorful patterns made with enamel-like glazes. The glazes contrast with the earth tone of the stoneware.

Shafer’s inspirations are Spanish and Middle Eastern pottery designs.

 

 

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Bonham, Roger D. “Thomas Shafer,” Ceramics Monthly, 17, no. 10 (December 1969).

Bonham, Roger D. “Thomas Shafer Demonstrates Building a Jar,” Ceramics Monthly, 17, no. 10 (December 1969).

Shafer, Tom, “Jepson Exhibition,” Ceramics Monthly, 30, no. 5 (May 1982).

Shafer, Tom, “John Glick: The Plum Tree Pottery,” Ceramics Monthly, (September 1972).

Shafer, Tom, “Ohio Potters,” The Studio Potter, 11, no. 1, (December 1982). Digital Issue: Woodfiring - Vol. 11 No. 1 | Studio Potter.

Shafer, Thomas. Pottery Decorations. New York : Watson-Guptill, 1976.

Shafer, Thomas. The professional Potter. New York : Watson-Guptill, 1978.

Shafer, Tom, “Tyrone and Julie Larson,” Ceramics Monthly, (April 1971).

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

 “Shafer” at base.

ca 1960-1970
1972
Covered Jar
Date: ca 1960-1970
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: W. 2.6 inches
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.207, gift of the American Ceramic Society
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.207, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Bottle
Date: 1972
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Dimensions: H. 7.32 x W. 2.67 x D. 7.8 inches
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.357, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.357, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
1972
Photo: TMP

Citation: Lange, Hanna. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 17, 2022. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/shafer