Sue Shapiro began working with clay in 1976. She received a BFA in Ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art. After College Sue apprenticed with Master Potter, Michael Cohen in Amherst, MA and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Apprentice Fellowship in Crafts Grant in 1981.
In 1982 Sue established her first studio, SMS Pottery, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She began showing her work at local and national outdoor art shows. Within a few years she was represented by American Craft Galleries through out the United States.
Sue’s clay work offers a combination of sculpture with function. She works with both terracotta clay and stoneware clay. Most of her work is hand built constructed from rolled out slabs of clay, occasionally she uses the Potter’s Wheel. Designs are incised in the clay and all glazes are hand painted
Sue’s clay work reflects her interest in architecture and symmetry.
Her forms are decorated with geometric patterns inspired by Art Deco Design, Native American Art and Art of Ancient Cultures.
In 1998 Sue and her husband Mike opened SHAPIRO’S Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL. Originally the Gallery was to showcase just Sue’s Pottery but before long work by additional Artists and Craftsmen were added. The Gallery today features work by over 250 American Artists and Craftsmen.
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