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Artist: Gabrielle Schaffner

Gabrielle Schaffner, MASSACHUSETTS

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Gabrielle is a full time studio potter, creating a line of painted functional porcelain ware in her Boston studio. A potter for over thirty years, Schaffner studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.  In 2019 she was a recipient of the Society of Arts and Crafts’ Artists Awards.

Gabrielle lives with her wife, book-artist Laura Davidson, and their daughter in an artists’ cooperative in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston.The cooperative was Massachusetts’ first live/work cooperative for artists, and is home to 43 other artists and their families.

Artist Statement

Most of my work is illustrated with images drawn from nature, archeology, art history, and design. As a student I spent a year studying ceramics, art, and Italian language in Florence, Italy, and over the years I  have returned whenever possible. Italian art history, archeology, design and culture continue to inspire me. The history of ceramics, especially vessel forms, is a recurring theme in my illustrated surfaces.

My studio work is also very much influenced by my love of cooking: I am intrigued by the intersection of artisanal cooking and handmade objects. In my time outside of the studio I enjoy exploring traditional pasta making and baking techniques; many of these inspire and inform the objects I create in the studio.



  Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 

                            B.A. Fine Arts, concentration in ceramics    

Studio Arts Centers International, Florence, Italy 


Selected Shows and Exhibitions: 

Artist Awards 

The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts 

Gabrielle Schaffner, solo exhibition  

Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida 

The Year of the Bird 

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act 

The Gallery at 249 A Street 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Cup: The Intimate Object  

Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida 

The Functional Canvas 

Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida 


Medicine Wheel Gallery 

Group show of selected South Boston artists engaged in their community 

South Boston, Massachusetts 

Ancient Origins 

The Vermont State Craft Center, Manchester, Vermont,  

The Quintessential Cup 

Gordon Beale Frank Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio  

Boxed In: Containers, Boxes, and Covered Jars 

The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts 

National Teapot Invitational  

Craft Alliance, St. Louis Missouri  

The Domestic Object: Articles for Everyday Living 

Fuller Craft Museum, Worcester Museum, Massachusetts 

A Tea Party 

Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts  



2019 Artist Awards, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston      Biennial juried competition for three New England-based craft artists    



  Kamm Teapot Collection/Sparta Teapot Museum 

Sparta, North Carolina, 2007 


In honor of the Year of American Craft, created ten coffee sets  as the award  object for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 1993 Commonwealth  Awards

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