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Gary Shaffer

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

Glenville State College, Glenville, West Virginia

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

-1982   Teacher, High school pottery, Wellsburg, West Virginia

1982 – Studio Potter

 

BIOGRAPHY

Gary Shaffer is best known for wheel thrown stoneware and porcelain functional pottery.  He reduction fires to cone 10 in three kilns, gas, electric and wood fired. Each kiln has a unique use: one for glaze firing; one for salt glaze stoneware pottery; and one for wood firing. Surface techniques include cobalt blue slip trailed designs and the use of experimental glazes. Shaffer’s functional forms include large lidded jars, pitchers, garden vessels, plates and bowls as well as thrown and hand altered sculptural vessel forms.

At Glenville State College, Shaffer studied with Charles Scott. Before establishing his own pottery, Schaffer taught high school ceramics.

 

Public Collections

 

Website(s):

https://www.facebook.com/shafferpottery/

Artist's Studio: Shaffer Pottery

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

“Shaffer” at base

Shaffer
Shaffer
1982
Jar and Lid
Date: 1982
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.215, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.215, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
1982
Photo: TMP

Citation: Lange, Hanna. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 11, 2022. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/shaffer-0