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Jayne E Shatz,   Arnold, MD

JAYNE E. SHATZ, PhD ceramic artist BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Jayne E. Shatz, Maryland potter, Maryland sculptor, educator, ceramic historian, conference producer and video producer was first introduced to ceramics in New York as an undergraduate student at the State University of New York at Albany. She has a PhD in Ceramic History, Prehistoric Ceramics, an MA in Pottery and Sculpture and a BA in Art History. For over 40 years, Jayne has built a reputation as an artist, educator and writer. She began her ceramic career in the 1970’s as partner of the Kilnhaus Potters, a pottery cooperative in New York. In 1976, she left Kilnhaus and began her career establishing ceramic schools, cooperatives and college programs in New York. In 1979 she became the Director of Ceramics for the State University of New York at Albany’s College of Continuing Studies. Three years later she founded The Albany Ceramic Institute, a school that offered a broad program in ceramics as well as home to the Frances Simches Gallery, Albany’s first gallery dedicated to ceramics. In 1984 she become the Director of Ceramics for a shared program in crafts between the Hudson Valley Community College and the Art Center in Troy, New York. There, she remained for twelve years, developing a vigorous ceramics division. During that time she co-founded the Hudson River Clay Factory, a potters’ cooperative. Jayne enjoyed an active schedule; she maintained a ceramic and sculpture daytime teaching position in a high school for over twenty years. Jayne enjoys writing and has had articles published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine and Ceramics: Art & Perception/Technical. Her work was featured on the front cover of the book, Electric Firing: Creative Techniques”, published by the American Ceramic Society, as well as the inclusion of an article about her. She continues to write about her interests in ceramic history and the promotion of ceramic artists. She wrote a guidebook on teaching ceramics in public spaces and how to design a ceramic studio. Recently, Jayne has been producing educational ceramic videos, demonstrating her unique ceramic techniques and style. Ceramic history research has been a significant interest for Jayne for over thirty years. As well as lecturing, she produced an historical Slide Library through the New York State Council on the Arts. After compiling a slide collection of over one thousand images, Jayne now shares her passion for ceramic history on the Internet. She produces lectures with accompanying images on her website. Her lectures can be seen at www.jayneshatzpottery.com, entitled, “Moments in Ceramic History”. Jayne lectures in colleges, art centers and conferences throughout the year, and teaches privately in her studio. She is a returning lecturer of Ceramic History at Hood College, MD. Jayne maintains a BLOG site, http://www.writingsjayneshatzpottery.blogspot.com, where she publishes articles on critical issues in ceramics. Jayne has exhibited her wall sculpture, vessels, and pottery in numerous galleries, including the Maryland Federation of Art, MD; St. John’s College, MD; Kent Island Federation of Art MD; Design ala Carte Gallery, MD; the Farmington Valley Arts Center, CT; Lynn Kottler’s Gallery, NYC; Krasdale Foods, Corporate Headquarters, NY; Brookfield Craft Center, CT; Peter’s Valley Arts Center, NJ; Rome Art Center, NY; The Hyde Collection, NY and the Center Galleries, NY. She has exhibited her production pottery at the American Craft Enterprise, NY, Frederick Craft Fair, MD and the Pacific Design Center, CA. She currently exhibits in the Annapolis, Maryland area. Jayne has received several awards. She was awarded grants from the NY State Council on the Arts in Ceramic History research, the Studio Potter Foundation’s National Award for Excellence in Ceramic Education and was an Artist In Residence with the NY Foundation For The Arts. She directed a special project through the NY State Museum in Albany and the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The project involved instructing a group of children from Albany, NY in painting ceramic tiles that portrayed their concept of the Holocaust. Some of these tiles are installed on the wall at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC in the permanent exhibit "Remember the Children-Wall of Remembrance". Jayne now resides in Maryland. There in her studio she continues her work in producing, teaching and writing about ceramics.

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