Shawn Spangler is a native Pennsylvanian is a ceramic artist currently living and working in Hawaii. Spangler’s work draws inspiration from craft, design and digital technology. His work raise questions concerning authorship and commoditization of objects, highlighting the connections and margins between traditional and modern processes of producing ceramic vessels. Spangler holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree form Pennsylvania State University, a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University. Spangler was a resident artist in Jingdezhen, China and at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia PA and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. He has shown internationally and has taught and offered workshops at numerous art centers, colleges and universities throughout the United States. Spangler was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University before currently serving as an Assistant Professor at The University of Hawaii. He is also a founding members of artist collective Objective Clay.
“My work is focused on artistic authorship of ceramic vessels through object interpretation, transformation, and re-contextualization from a point of origin. Ceramic vessels have served as cultural indicators throughout time. We bestow these objects with the power to narrate our experience. They may guide us through stories of our past remaining as cultural signifiers to help us locate where we once were and where we are going. There is no doubt that the destination for craft is evolving in concordance with technology. Ceramics responds and reflects; social, economic and technical demands of society from 20,000 years ago to today. I am fascinated with how technology, in constant transition, continues to shape the timeless tradition of producing ceramic work.”