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Lee Shank, Leland Dale Shank

Biography to Display: 

Born 1938  Laurens, Iowa

Died 2014  Jacksonville, Florida



Iowa Northern University, Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa



1962 US Army, draftsman, Teacher, pottery assistant to Teruo Hara, Corcoran Museum and Art School, Washington, District of Columbia.

Studio Assistant, Toshiko Takaezu.



Lee Shank is  known for glazed porcelain beads and jewelry as well as functional stoneware pottery. Shank and wife, Dorothy Hutchins Shank, worked together in Shank and Shank Pottery. 

Although ationally known as a potter, Lee Shank invented and developed several machines to help potters with their daily work, including the Grabber Pad, Bead Rollers, Amazing Glazing Machine®, and Lee’s Soup-a clay product.



Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California.


Bibliography to Display: 

Steger, Susan. “Leland Dale Shank – A tribute to a local artist.” Fernandina Observer. Last accessed: 17 December 2021.  Leland Dale Shank - A tribute to a local artist - Fernandina Observer

Shank Lee. “amazing glazing machine.” Youtube, September 27 2012. Last accessed: 17 December 2021.  amazing glazing machine - YouTube




Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

“Shank” at base.

Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: W. 12.6 inches
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.165
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.165

Citation: Lange, Hanna. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 26, 2023.