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Artist: Jane Shellenbarger


Jane Shellenbarger
Jane Shellenbarger, NEW YORK
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My work focuses on a pottery idiom, often incorporating historical references and images with domestic objects. I work in both porcelain and black clays, firing with atmospheric kilns. The pieces undergo multiple post firings to achieve a depth of surface.

While function continues to be an essential concern, I am most intrigued with the ability of pots to transcend themselves as objects and convey information. The ability for the work to draw relationships to history and culture through form and surface content holds my fascination.

At its best the work becomes both artifact and object of the contemporary world. The use of glaze as a painterly ground provides terrain to interact with imagery and or form that results in a fertile ground for endless investigation.

Pots are intimate by nature. The history of ceramic objects to commemorate and document our culture is rich. As pots intersect with utility they have the ability to choreograph domestic experience affecting people in a deep and interactive way. The rhythm of making pots is, for me, an endless pursuit to express ideas and define interaction through form. 

 

Teaching Appointments 
2011- Present Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Assistant Professor 
2007- 2011 Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI. Assistant Professor 
2002-2007 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, Assistant Professor 
Spring 2002 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, Visiting Instructor

Education 
1996 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
Master of Fine Art 
1993 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 
Bachelor of Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions

2015 
Solo Exhibition of New Work, The Kiln Studio Gallery, Mobile, AL 
2007 
Image and Pattern, a solo Exhibition, Jan Weiner Gallery, KC, MO

2005
Jane Shellenbarger, Solo Exhibition, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA 
Jane Shellenbarger, Solo Exhibition, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA 
Jane Shellenbarger, Solo Exhibition, Pitcher Masters Gallery, Deer Isle, ME

2003
Linear Qualities of Form, Solo Exhibition, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

2002
Jane Shellenbarger, Solo Exhibition, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2001
Jane Shellenbarger, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 1021: Lill Street, Chicago, IL 
Jane Shellenbarger, Solo Exhibition, Red Star Studio, Kansas City, MO

1997 
Farewell Exhibition of Pottery. Solo Show, Bray Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Invitational and Juried Group Exhibitions

Upcoming 
Invitational Ceramics Exhibition, Schick Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 
American Pottery Festival 2016, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 
Flower City Pottery Invitational 2016, Genesee Center for the Arts, Rochester, NY.

2016
Two, A Group Exhibition, Gallery San Bao, San Bao Ceramic Art Village Museum, Jingdezhen, China

2015  
Decalomania, The Ruth Reese Gallery, Saint Louis, MO 
Contemporary Ceramics 2015, Dairy Barn Invitational, A national exhibition of artists working with clay, Curated by Brad Schwieger and Chuck McWeeny. 
Flower City Pottery Invitational, Genesee Center for the Arts, Rochester, NY. The event hosts Twenty premier ceramic artists from across the country celebrating and exhibiting the best in contemporary clay. The event includes a special artist reception, pottery exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and talks by the visiting artists. 2015 exhibiting artists are: Mark Shapiro, Dan Finnegan, Jane Shellenbarger, Kristen Kieffer, Jenny Mendes, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Mary Barringer, Bob Briscoe, Julie Crosby, Peter Beasecker, Ryan Greenheck, John Gill, Doug Peltzman, Liz Quackenbush, Bryan Hopkins, Kenyon Hansen, Matt Metz, Tony Clennell, Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz and Richard Aerni. 
NCECA 2015 Providence, RI: Pouring Vessels, Invitational, Curated by Jim Lawton, Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA 
Solo Exhibition of New Work, The Kiln Studio Gallery, Mobile, AL 
Serviceability, Curated by Ben Bates, Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL, National Invitational exhibition 
Teapot VII, Baltimore Clayworks, curated by Mark Shapiro, National Invitational exhibition 


2014  
The Crucible Project, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, 
A Group Exhibition of multiple artists exploring the theme of the crucible. Richard Hirsch, Michael Rogers David Schnuckel, Kenneth Baskin, Scott Meyer, Christa Assad, Jeffery Mongrain, and Judy Moonelis. 
Within and Without, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. National Invitational. 
A focus on large jars as carriers of content on the surface of the vessel (without), while they function as carriers of various substance (within).  This invitation is being issued to eight artists:  William Brouillard, Danny Brown, Jeremy Kane, Jeffrey Sincich, Wes Harvey, Yoko Sekino Bove, Jane Shellenbarger, Zachary Tate, and Justin Rothshank 
The Cup II: 50 Artists, 250 Interpretations, and Curated by Ben Bates, Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL, National Invitational 
Yunomi 2014 National Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa city, IA 


2013 
World Craft Competition * Kanazawa 2013* The Time Space Interval of Tea. Invited Artist, Period 1: 21 st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, JAPAN , Period 2: Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum, Period 3: Meitetsumza Department store 8 th floor 
They Used to Work Here, An exhibition of work by Haystack Summer Assistants, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle ME 
Outpour, Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL 
Beastly, There are a handful of artists who continue to explore the complexity of animal behavior, either sculpted or drawn, on the surface of functional pottery. In this exhibit, six ceramic artists: Jane Shellenbarger, Brooke Noble, Kurt Anderson, Mikey Walsh, Leanne McClurg Cambric, and Shanna Fliegel will share their connection between animals and the vessel. NCECA Conference, Houston TX

2012 
The Chocolate Pot, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT 
DIMENSION, a two-person exhibition. Davison gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY 
The Cup: 50 Artists, 250 Interpretations, Curated by Ben Bates, Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL 
Paper Plate, Plastic Plate, White Plate, Artist Plate: A collection of artist-made dinner plates and related insights about food. Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, NC. 
Image and Form, Akar Gallery. Iowa City, IA. An invitational exhibition.

2011  
Islamic Influence, Crossroads Art Gallery, NCECA, Clearwater FL, 
Parkland Art Gallery’s State of the Art 2011-12: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational, Parkland, IL 
For Tea, Invitational Exhibition, Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010 
Bringing Home the Bacon, Invitational Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT 
American Pottery Festival 2010, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 
The Art of the Pot, Invitational Show and Sale, Austin, Texas 
Then and Now, Strictly Functional Anniversary Exhibition, NCECA, Philadelphia, PA

2009 
The Ohio/Michigan Game, Invitational Exhibit, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 
4X4, Invitational Exhibit, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL 
Visiting Artist Exhibition, Three-Person Exhibition, Andrews Gallery, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 
Teapots, Functional, Formal, Narrative, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Art Center, Eua Claire, WI

2008 
Studio Pottery: 21st Century Voices, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA 
Clay & Glass 2008, Atrium Gallery, Corning Community College, Corning, NY 
Southern Exposure: A Penland Connection, Rye Art Center,Westchester, NY  
Featured Artist, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2007  
National Juried Ceramics Exhibition and Symposium, Lawrence Arts Center Lawrence, KS 
%The Kansas City Pot&, NCECA conference, Louisville, KY 
30 x 5, 2007, Akar Gallery, Group Invitational Exhibition, Iowa city, IA 
National Teapot Invitational, Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2006  
Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot, Clay Symposium,Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI 
Portland Pots: 15 Approaches, Japanese Garden Gallery, Portland, OR 
30/30; 30 years and 30 Artists, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL

2005 
17 Women-17 Perspectives, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO 
American Masters, Guests artists from the Santa Fe Clay Summer Workshop Program, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 
La Mesa: A National Invitational Dinnerware Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay Presents, NCECA, Baltimore, MD

2004  
Clay Invitational, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO 
Teapots: Object to Subject, Invitational, Curated by Leslie Ferrin, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2003  
Contemporary Teapots, Invitational, Leslie Ferrin Gallery, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL 
Studio Pottery Invitational, Curated by Leslie Ferrin, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA 
30 x 5: Contemporary Ceramics Collection, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA 
Old Church Cultural Center Show and Sale, Karen Karnes Invitational,mDemarest, NJ 
Snowbirds, An Exhibition featuring Ceramic artists whose pots reference the Mingei Tradition, Santa Fe Clay, NM 
Container - Content: A Survey of American Studio Art, Invitational, Curated by Leslie Ferrin, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

2002 
Anagama, Invitational, Curated by Chris Gustin, Peck Gallery, Providence, RI 
33/32/2002, a retirement exhibition of select M.F.A. graduates, 1970 - 2002. Invitational, Curated by Dan Anderson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,Edwardsville, IL 
KCAI Ceramics Faculty: Part-Time and Full-Time 1996-2002,NCECA Alumni Gallery, Vanderslice Hall, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 
The Kansas City Pot: Alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute 1990-1995, NCECA, Alumni Gallery, Vanderslice Hall, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 
Stoneware for Daily Rituals, Invitational, Red Star Gallery, Kansas City, MO 
Functional Foursight, The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
Ceramics Invitational 2002, Parkland College Art Gallery, Champaign, IL 
Pots Presented, Invitational, Curated by Nick Joerling, Baltimore Clayworks,Baltimore, MD

2001  
Salt & Ash, Invitational, Santa Fe Clay Company, Santa Fe, NM 
Cups, Invitational Penland Gallery at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 
25 Select 25, Invitational, Gallery 1021: Lill Street, Chicago, IL

2000  
Cup Invitational, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, OR 
Old Church Cultural Center Show and Sale, Karen Karnes Invitational, Demearest, NJ 
Bistro 1815, Invitational, Santa Fe Clay Company, Santa Fe, NM 
Woodfire Invitational Exhibition, Gallery 1021: Lill Street, Chicago, IL 
Kiss of Fire, Invitational, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR 
Woodfire/Saltfire Exhibition. Invitational, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 
Beyond the Body, Architectural Ceramics”, Invitational, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA 
25th Anniversary Cup Show, Invitational, Gallery 1021: Lill Street, Chicago, IL 
20 Stokers, Invitational Woodfire Show, The Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME

1999  
National Teapot Invitational, Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA 
Alida to Zack, 28 Years of Penland’s CORE Program, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC 
25th Anniversary Old Church Cultural Center Show and Sale, Karen Karnes Invitational, Demarest, NJ 
Different Strokes, Invitational, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA 
20th Anniversary Teapot Exhibition, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA 
Departures from the Midwest: Kansas City Art Institute Alumni and Instructors, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD 
The Seventh Annual Strictly Functional National, Market House Craft Center,Lancaster, PA 
Salt and Soda, Invitational, Gallery 1021: Lill Street, Chicago, IL 
Born of Ashes; Woodfired Ceramics, Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR

1998  
Old Church Cultural Center Show and Sale, Karen Karnes Invitational, Demarest, NJ 
Tea Bowl Invitational Exhibition, San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum,mSan Francisco, CA 
The Work of Four Potters, Attention to Detail, Invitational, Gallery WDO, Charlotte, NC 
6th Annual Teapot Exhibition, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1997  
Old Church Cultural Center Show and Sale, Karen Karnes Invitational, Demarest, NJ 
Functional Work, American Potters, Invitational Exhibition and Sale, Golden, CO 
Summer Resident Exhibition, Invitational, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT 
Wood-fired Ceramic Exhibition, Invitational, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO 
Functional Ceramics,Maren Kloppmann and Jane Shellenbarger, A Two Person Ceramic Exhibition, Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, IA 
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, NCECA Exhibition, Las Vegas, NV 
Fifth Annual Teapot Exhibition, Invitational, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO 
Introduction: Teapots and Other Forms, Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA 
Emerging Artists of the U.S., Juried, Vermont Clay Studio, Montpelier, VT 
Ceramic Forms: A National Invitational Exhibition, Ronald Barr Gallery, Indiana University Southeast, IN

1996  
Rendezvous!, Invitational Exhibition, The Museum Of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE 
mages and Pots?, Clay Invitational, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI 
Alteration and Decoration, Solo Thesis Exhibition, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO 
Graduate Student Exhibition, Juried, Shaw-Guido Gallery, Pontiac, MI 
The Fourth Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juried, Market House Craft Center, Cumberland, PA

1995  
The Third Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juried, Market House Craft Center, Cumberland, PA 
The 3rd Annual Teapot Exhibition, Invitational, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Visiting Artist and Lecture Invitations

Upcoming McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA 
2016 San Bao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China 
2015 Kiln Studio and Gallery, Visiting Artist, Fairhope AL 
California State University-Northridge 
2010 University of Arkansas, Visiting Artist, Ceramics Department, Fayetteville, AR 
2009 College of William And Mary, Visiting Artist, Williamsburg, VA 
2008 Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate The Object, Presenter, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 
2007 Image and Pattern, A One-week workshop, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN 
2006 Alternative Processes, A Two Week Workshop to be team-taught 
with Andy Brayman, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, 
Jane Shellenbarger Artists Invite Artist session, Watershed Center for the 
Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME 
2004 “Form & Surface”, A Two Week Workshop, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 
The Clay Studio, One week Visiting Artist Workshop, San Francisco, CA 
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Visiting Artist, Edwardsville, IL 
2003 “Altered Pots”, A Three-Week Workshop, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 
2002 Demonstrator 37th Annual NCECA Conference; “Borders in Flux”, San Diego, CA 
University of Louisville, Visiting Artist, Louisville, KY 
Red Star Studios; Workshop and Exhibition. 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Summer Session: a 4-week class. 
2001 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Summer Session: a 4-week class. 
Northern Michigan University, Visiting Artist, Marquette, MI 
2000 “Utility and Fire”, an Eight week Fall Concentration at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC  
Utilitarian Clay III: Celebrate the Object Symposium, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 
The Clay Art Center, Function and Utility A one week Workshop, Port Chester, NY 
1999 Team taught with Michael Simon-Two week Workshop, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 
Utilitarian Pots, Eight Week Fall Concentration, Team taught with Gay Smith at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 
Kansas City Art Institute, Visiting Artist, Kansas City, MO 
1998-99 Summer -Assistant to the Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 
1998 University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Visiting Artist, River Falls, WI 
1997 Montana State University, Visiting Artist Workshop, Bozeman, MT 
Archie Bray Foundation, Eight -Week Clay Class, Helena, MT 
1996 Southern Illinois University @ Edwardsville, Fall Semester Ceramics 


Public Collections 
2016 San Bao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China 
2013 Ohi Museum, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan 
2010 San Angelo Museum of Fine Art 
2010 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 
1998 Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 
1997 The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT 
1996 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 
1993 Kenneth R. Ferguson Teaching Collection, KCAI, Kansas City, MO 



Professional Experience 
2016 Director at Large, NCECA 
Exploring Porcelain and Iron in China, A faculty led student trip working for three weeks 
in studios in Jing Dezhen China. 
2015 Director at Large, NCECA 
2014 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) elected this year as Director at Large (2014-2017) in charge of Emerging Artists, International Residencies, and Graduate Student Fellowships.  NCECA is a global organization, which offers programs, events and publications to support its membership of artists, educators, students, individual and corporate art patrons, gallery owners, museum curators and providers of ceramic arts-related products and services. 
2010 Four Week Residency, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT 
2009 Four week intensive study with industrial mold making and porcelain at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary 
2008 Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate The Object, Presenter, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 
2007 National Juried Ceramics Exhibition and Symposium, Presenter, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS 
2006 Jane Shellenbarger Artists Invite Artist session, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME 
1996-97 Residency at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT 
1988-87 Penland Core Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

Publications

2014 American iPottery The Art of Contemporary American Pottery expanded to a digital version. Kevin Hluch 
2011 Ceramics Monthly, MFA Factor, Nov. 2011 
2008 Ceramics Technical, Kitchen Table Ceramics, Vol. 26 
2006 Clay Times, The Yin and Yang of Pottery Making, Vol. 12 No. 5, September/October, pp. 51-54 
2005 Studio Potter, Vitality of Functional Pottery, June, 2005, pp. 36-39 
1998 Ceramics Monthly, Put a Lid On It, November 1998, p. 45 
1997 Ceramics Monthly, Emerging Artists Show, May 1997, p. 12 
1996 Ceramics Monthly, The Clay Cup V, March 1996, p. 66

Awards

1999 Best of Show, Seventh Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Cumberland, PA
Research Grant for Graduate Students, “Investigation of ceramic surfaces with enamels, S.I.U.E 
Friends of Art Award, S.I.U.E., Graduate Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 
1996-97 Residency at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT 
1995 Best of Show, Third Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Cumberland, PA 
Purchase Award, The Clay Cup V, S.I.U. Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 
Wagner Potter’s Association Award, Graduate Exhibition, S.I.U.E. 
1994 Award of Merit, St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO 
John and Kay Kendall Purchase Award, S.I.U.E. Graduate Exhibition 
Martha Holden Graduate award, S.I.U.E., Graduate Exhibition 
1993 Competitive Graduate Fellowship, S.I.U.E. 
Purchase Award, “Topeka Competition 17”, Topeka, KS 
1987 Penland Core Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 
1986 Penland Core Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 


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