LAURIE SHAMAN

Laurie Shaman

Laurie Shaman

Laurie Shaman

Laurie Shaman

create vessels and forms using slab-built techniques—these forms become the canvas for my evocative scenes of figures, nature, townscapes, and animals. The vases, vessels and wall pieces I make today evolved naturally from a strong foundation in producing utilitarian pottery, as well as creating works on paper with a variety of drawing techniques. Combining these once separate pursuits has been the main focus of my ceramic work; to merge the painted surface to three-dimensional form. In each body of work, I produce the sizes, shapes and contours vary, and suggest possibilities of embellishment and imagery. The imagery, whether applied in a random or deliberate way, produces a kind of lyrical narrative involving a combination of animal, figure, landscape, or architectural elements. 

Before making Chicago her home, Laurie resided in southwest Wisconsin. She was a studio potter in the town of Mineral Point, while also serving an apprenticeship as an actor at American Players Theater in nearby Spring Green. For a number of years, she also served as the Program Coordinator of the Art in Public Places program, as well as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison. Eventually relocating to Chicago, Laurie quickly became a part of local ceramics scene as a resident ceramic artist at Chicago’s Lill Street Art Center where she also held various directorial positions spanning from community outreach to educational programming. As director of the Lill Street gallery, Laurie curated dozens of exhibitions involving ceramic artists of local and national prominence. She also worked in the Department of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she participated in docent training as well as teaching sketch classes during special exhibitions. In 2009, Laurie has created a six-panel ceramic mural “In the Swim,” commissioned by the Public Art Program, City of Chicago, now installed and on view at the Hayes Park Natatorium in the Ashburn-Wrightwood community. Laurie Shaman’s studio is in the heart of the Ravenswood Corridor in Chicago.

“The vases, vessels and wall pieces I make today evolved naturally over time from a strong foundation producing utilitarian pottery, as well as having an ongoing practice of creating works on paper with a variety of drawing techniques. These once separate pursuits have been the basis of my ceramic work, and combined, produce for me the greatest satisfaction: merging the painted surface to three-dimensional form.”

~ Laurie Shaman

CV

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION

  • 2009 “In the Swim” a six-panel ceramic mural permanently installed in the Hayes Park Natatorium, Chicago Park District, Public Art Program, City of Chicago
  • 2007  Ravenswood ArtWalk:  Arts Advocate Award custom vases commission

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2011   Drawn into Clay, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
  • 2008   Black, White, Red: The Painted Bird, Illinois Artisans Shop, Chicago, IL
  • 2005   Works in Clay, Works on Paper, Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN
  • 2002   Faces, Flora, Fauna, Illinois Artisans Program, Chicago, IL

GROUP SHOWS / INVITATIONALS

2017

  • CUPful, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
  • National Teapot Exhibition X, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • A Culture of Pots-25th Anniversary of the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, Weisman Art Museum, Univ. of Minnesota
  • June Artists of the Month, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • BODY, 1+1=1 Gallery, Helena, MT
  • CONNECTIONS, Robert Morris University-State Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016

  • CUPful, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • 40th Anniversary Show, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 10th Annual Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • 16 Hands Fall Art Tour-Floyd, VA. Visiting Artist with Ellen Shankin & Brad Warstler

2015

  • CUPful, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • Teapots VII, Mark Shapiro, Juror, Baltimore  Clayworks
  • 9th Annual Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • June Artists of the Month, Northern Clay Center
  • Wild Things, Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
  • October Featured Artist, Northern Clay Center
  • One & Only, ArtSpace, Kohler Art Center, Kohler , WI

2014

  • Material Attraction: Diverse Reactions, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL
  • National Teapot Show IX, Cedar Creek Gallery

2013

  • Plates and Platters Invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
  • Bountiful Harvest, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • 16 Hands Fall Art Tour-Floyd, VA. Visiting Artist with Ellen Shankin & Brad Warstler
  • From the Earth, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012

  • Featured Artist, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • Line and Color-Women in Clay, 18 Hands, Houston, TX
  • Politically Charged, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • 16 Hands Fall Art Tour-Floyd, VA. Visiting Artist with Ellen Shankin & Brad Warstler

2011

  • Laurie Shaman, Ed Hinkley, Eric Jensen, Luce Gallery, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA
  • Functional Ceramics Exhibition 2011, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
  • Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • 19th Annual Minnesota Potters Tour of the Upper St. Croix River: Guest Artist
  • Featured Artist: AKAR
  • 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • National Teapot Show VIII, Cedar Creek Gallery

2010

  • Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • Small Favors V, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • 18th Annual Minnesota Potters Tour of the Upper St. Croix River: Guest Artist
  • Liquid Measure Invitational, Main Street Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

2009

  • Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • The Great Vase, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • Small Favors IV, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • 17th Annual Minnesota Potters Tour of the Upper St. Croix River : Guest Artist
  • Garden Party/Artist of the Month, Northern Clay Center
  • Thinking Out of the Box, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • Art of Tea, Vis Arts, Rockville, MD

2008

  • People of the Mud 2: Another Look at Chicago Ceramics, Chicago Cultural Center,
  • The Bird: Homage to Brancusi, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA
  • CATS, Santa Fe Clay,
  • Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • National Teapot Show VII, Cedar Creek Gallery
  • Sip, Slurp, Gulp, Santa Fe Clay
  • Laurie Shaman & David Zimmerman, Tamarack Gallery, Omena, MI
  • Featured Artist: Chicago Artists Month, Haus, Chicago, IL

2007

  • Tea, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe
  • Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
  • La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Louisville, KY
  • Plates and Platters: Salon Style, The Clay Studio
  • Artist of the Month, Northern Clay Center
  • Plates and Platters, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
  • Made in Illinois, Robert Morris University Gallery, Springfield, IL
  • Featured Artist, Chicago Artists Month, Haus
  • For the Table, Santa Fe Clay

2005 – 2006  Select Exhibitions

  • Group Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay
  • For the Table, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Portland, OR
  • Featured Artist, AKAR
  • The Narrative Vessel, AKAR Gallery, Juror: Dan Anderson
  • Cups, Cups, Cups, Santa Fe Clay
  • Chicago Tapestry (and friends), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL

1999 – 2004  Select Exhibitions

  • For the Table, Santa Fe Clay
  • Unbroken Circle, former students of Bing Davis, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • Significant Signifiers, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
  • Vessels inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphosis, University of Chicago Basic Program, Graham School of Liberal Studies
  • National Teapot Show IV, Cedar Creek Gallery

1990 – 1997 Select Exhibitions

  • 6th Annual Teapot Exhibition, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
  • Monarch National Ceramic Competition, Florence, AL
  • 4th Annual Cup Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • The Last Pitcher Show ’95, Lill Street Gallery
  • The Narrative Teapot, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA
  • SOFA, Sculptural Objects, Functional Art, Chicago, IL
  • New Art Forms, Chicago, IL
  • Six Artists: Strength from Within, McLean Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
  • The Ceramic Vessel: Traditional Notions, Recent Directions, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. Juror: Ruth Kohler
  • Great Lakes Show, Lill Street Gallery ~  Juror: Ron Nagle

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS

  • Higham Hall, Cumbria, England
  • McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Education
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN
  • Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • University of Illinois at DeKalb
  • Oakton Community College, Niles, IL
  • York High School, Elmhurst, IL
  • New Trier High School, Wilmette, IL

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2006–Present
Ceramic studio in Ravenswood Arts Corridor, Chicago, IL 2001–2006
Ceramic studio, Midwest Clay Guild, Evanston, IL 1988–2001
Director, Lill Street Gallery & Classrooms, curator of over 45 ceramic exhibitions, studio member
Studio Potter, Mineral Point, WI

 

EDUCATION
Basic Program of Liberal Education, Graham School of Liberal Studies, University of Chicago
1977 B.A. in Ceramics, Magna cum laude, Webster University, St. Louis, MO

 

RESIDENCIES
1995   Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2000   Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI

 

AWARDS
2008    Honorable Mention: National Teapot Show VII, Cedar Creek Gallery

 

GRANTS

2016    Professional Development Grant, Individual Artists Program (IAP), Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

2005   Website Development, Community Arts Assistance Program Grant (CAAP), Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

1997    Monoprints produced at Anchor Graphics, CAAP Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

1994    Promotional and support materials, CAAP Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

 

PUBLICATIONS
Northern Clay Center Summer Newsletter-cover and interview, 2015 (PDF)
500 Teapots, Vol II, Lark Books, 2013
The Best of 500 Ceramic, Lark Books, 2012
500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form, Lark Books, 2010
Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & Firing, Lark Books, 2010
500 Platter, Plates and Chargers, Lark Books, 2008
Crafts Report, April, 2008
Minneapolis / St. Paul Magazine, 2006
Outdoor Illinois, December, 2006
500 Animals in Clay, Lark Books, 2006
Ceramics Monthly “Upfront”, May, 2004
Crafts Report, Vale Craft Gallery, June, 2004
Chicago Artists News, photo, June, 2002
Clay Times, cover photo, July/August, 2001
Ceramics Monthly, “Upfront”, September, 2001

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April 1 – December 31, 2021
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Eigth Annual Bath County
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September 27 – October 3, 2021

For seven days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location.