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Jayne Shatz

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Jayne E. Shatz, artist, educator, and ceramic historian, was first introduced to ceramics as an undergraduate student at the State University of New York at Albany, where she studied with Frances Simches. Jayne has a PhD in Prehistoric Ceramics, a Masters in Art in Pottery and Sculpture and a BA in Art History. Over the past 30 years Jayne has built a reputation as an artist, educator and writer. She began her ceramic career in the early 1970’s as one of the partners of the Kilnhaus Potters, a pottery cooperative in Slingerlands, New York. In 1976 she left Kilnhaus and began a long career establishing ceramic schools, pottery 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 classes in ceramics as well as housing the Frances Simches Ceramic Gallery. The gallery was one of Albany’s first galleries dedicated to ceramics. In 1984 she moved on to become the Director of Ceramics for an evening division program in ceramics between Hudson Valley Community College and the Art Center in Troy, New York. There, she remained for twelve years, and developed a strong mutli- faceted ceramic program. During that period she also was a founding member of The Hudson River Clay Factory, a potters’ cooperative in Troy. From 1984 to 2005 Jayne taught Ceramics and Sculpture in a public high school in New York, until her retirement in 2005. Jayne presents workshops and lectures to museums, colleges, and art centers. She has had several articles published in Ceramics Monthly magazine. Jayne continues to write articles about ceramic history and the promotion of ceramic artists. She is presently working on an article about mid range oxidation porcelain and a fable about the prehistoric cultures that worked in clay.

Jayne has shown her wall sculptures, vessels, and pottery at numerous galleries, including 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.

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 for two years was an Artist In Residence with the NY Foundation For The Arts.

Jayne directed a special project between the NY State Museum in Albany and the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The project involved teaching a group of Albany inner city children about the Holocaust.

They each painted a ceramic tile portraying their concept of the Holocaust. Some of these tiles were installed on the permanent wall at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC for the exhibit "Remember The Children-Wall Of Remembrance".

Jayne continues to produce and sell her artwork. Recently, Jayne moved to Maryland, where she has built her permanent studio. There she continues producing, teaching and writing about ceramics.