Louisiana potter Andy Shaw’s porcelain tableware is pleasingly homogeneous yet – unlike traditional matched dish sets – each piece is a bit different from its mates. The artist varies the patterns of his plates, bowls and cups to create functional pieces that work for both formal dining and casual meals.
The artist states, “Whether your choice is a salad of mixed greens or a buckwheat noodle, coconut milk stir-fry with shrimp, snow peas, and red pepper, I have designed these pots to complement the colors and textures of your cooking and home furnishing preferences. The reserved vibrancy of color and the simplified forms allow the tableware to adapt to place. The patterns of stripes and grids respond to anticipated, incidental domestic patterns created by sunlight and shadows through window panes, stair railings, and over floorboards. My designs in clay collaborate with your designs of home. Through this blend the pottery develops a substantial, intimate presence in your home through practical and aesthetic utility.”
Andy earned his BA in history before becoming an apprentice to Patrick Eckman at Basin Creek Pottery in Montana. He was a special student in ceramics at Penn State University and received an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Andy has been an instructor at Andrews University in Michigan, Alfred University, Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, Baltimore Clayworks, and Arcadia University, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His work has received multiple awards and been published in Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and in Garth Clark’s anthology Shards.