Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: Snyderman-Works Galleries
By Holly Otterbein
When Karen Shapiro returned to the ceramics world after a stint as a pastry chef, she could no longer make the flawless abstract sculptures on which she once prided herself. Thankfully, Shapiro looked around her home and found dozens of other items worthy of sculpting: Old Bay containers, tuna cans, mayonnaise jars and Heineken bottles, to name a few.
“Now I find myself jumping around from vegetables to nail polish bottles and lipsticks, to crayons and on and on,” she said in a statement. “The excitement of reaching into a red-hot environment with tongs, of the flaming bucket, even the choking smoke, and finding results I never dreamt of — always changing, always so much to learn — has given me back an enormous energy.”