Associate Professor + Ceramics Area Chair
Office Room 126 /

RESEARCH AREAS - Sculpture, Functional Design and 3D fabrication

Shawn Spangler's work draws inspiration from craft, industrial design and digital technology. His installation projects raise questions concerning authorship and commodification of objects, highlighting the connections and margins between digital and analog processes of producing ceramic vessels. After attaining his MFA from Alfred University he was on residency at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia PA. Spangler is a founding member of a co-op educational gallery site called Objective Clay. His wheel thrown porcelain forms can be complex, yet clearly articulated, oftentimes created through the combination of multiple parts. The forms are reminiscent of both Koryo dynasty and Song dynasty, examples he observed as a resident artist in China in 2002. He states, ”My work is an amalgamated map of the world I reflect upon. Producing pottery is a kind of play; a regenerative act ripe with reverence, revealing the human hands enduring connection to creativity. It guides us through stories of our past remaining as a cultural signifier to help us locate where we once were and where we are going."

MFA – New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (NYSCC)
BFA – Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2014 Ming to Modern, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
2014 Ceramic Top 40, Ferrin Gallery, Traveling Exhibition, Kansas City. MO. Cambridge MA
2013 CTRL+P, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Traveling Exhibition, Houston, TX
2013 The Futures: Celebrating Craftsmanship, Creativity, Commitment, SOFA, Chicago, IL
2013 Invited Artist, Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design, NCECA, CO
2013 Idea to Object, Lopez ,Chappell, Spangler, Clay Art Center , Port Chester, NY
2012 Two person Exhibition, Mapping Authorship, CIE Exhibition NCECA, Seattle, WA
2012 Presenters Exhibition, Arrowmont: Utilitarian Clay Conference, Gatlinburg, TN
2011 Ceramics for the New Millennium: Post-Digital Design, AMOCA, Pomona, CA
2010 CraftForms, Juror: Jane Milosch, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2008 Solo Exhibition, Separated by a Common Language, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Alfred Grads on 25th, J.Cacciola Gallery, New York City, NY
2004 1000 Years of Porcelain , Jingdezhen, P.R. China

Jingdezhen Institute of Art, Museum of Ceramics Art, P.R. China
Jingdezhen SanBao Institute of Ceramic Art, P.R. China
John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation Collection, Kansas City, MO
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, CO
Newark Museum of Art. NJ
Schien-Joesph International Museum of Ceramics, Alfred, NY
Shiwan Ceramic Museum, P.R. China
The American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona, Ca
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Western Illinois University, University Art Gallery Collection, Macomb, IL

ART 242 (Introduction to Ceramics)
ART 343 (Ceramic Sculpture)
ART 344 (Ceramic Vessels)
ART 410 (BFA Seminar)
ART 611-614 (MFA Seminar)