shankin pottery






Ellen Shankin

August 22, 1952

N.Y.C., New York



1975-1977: New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred:  Alfred, New York 

                    B.F.A. with Honors

1974: Rhode Island School of Design:   Providence, Rhode Island  

1970-1972:  Goddard College:   Plainfield, Vermont



2018: “The Essential Bowl” Bull Art Center. Westchester, Pa. Nov. 7,2018-Jan.7, 2019

2018: "Embodied Form"  2 person exhibition, List Gallery. Swathmore College
Swathmore, Pa.  March

2017:  " A Culture of Pots"  Weisman Art Museum. Minneapolis, Mn. June 17- Sept. 10

2017: "National Teapot Show:  Cedar Creek Gallery. Creedmore, NC. May 19-Sept. 5

2017:  "Pots and Wood"  Floyd Artist Association. Floyd, Va.  July

2016: “16 Hands” Radford Art Museum, Radford, Virginia. October-December

2016: “Past Presenters”  Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.  September

2016: “16 Hands Exhibition” Westmont Museum, Santa Barbara, Ca. January –March

2016: “Threads of Interest”  2 Person Exhibition Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph,
Michigan. March

2016: “Pots on Wheels”  Portland, Oregon NCECA.

2016: “Yunomi Show”  Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa.  

2015: “Solo Show: New Work” Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa. March

2015: “Yunomi Show”  Akar gallery, Iowa City, Iowa. 

2015: “Pouring Arts Invitational” Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, Ma NCECA

2015: “Cupful” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore NC. January 10-February 16

2015:  “3 X 5 Sushi Service” Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa. September

2015: “Both Artist and Mother” Rhode Island College NCECA 

2014: “From this Earth: Ceramic Arts of Virginia” Portsmouth Museum. August -October

2014: “Collective Energy” Lone Star College NCECA Exhibit, North Harris, Texas. March

2014: “Pots that Pour” Asheville Arts Council, Asheville, NC. August

2014: “National Teapot Invitational”  Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC. Summer

2013: “Recent Works 16 hands” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC. October

2013: “Collective Energy”  NCECA. March 20-27

2013: “Yunomi” Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa. March-April

2012: Traveling Show “Functional Ceramic” Wayne Art Center, Worster Ohio. March-April

          “Functional Ceramic” Michener Gallery, Kent State University. May-June

          “Pots with Purpose” Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio. July-August

2012: “20 Years Strong: 20 Women Working in Clay” Women Made Gallery, Chicago,  Il.

2012: “PSA National Ceramics Invitational”  Padukah, Kentucky.  January 19-February 12

2011: “State of the Arts in Virginia” Senator Warner’s office. Washington DC. March – August

2011: “National Teapot Show VIII” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC. May 21 – August 21

2011: “35th Anniversary Exhibition” Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. April 8 – May 1

2011: “New Work: 16 Hands” Akar Design, Iowa City, Iowa. April 15 - 29

2011: “La Mesa”  NCECA Florida. March 29- April 1

2011: “Yunomi” Akar Design, Iowa City, Iowa. March 25 – April 4

2011: “Priority” Teapot Exhibition: Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawaii. February

2011: “Surface and Form” Potter’s Council Show: Cincinatti, Ohio. January –February

2011: “The Contemporary Teapot- China to Now: Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Mi. Jan 14-March 6

2010: “American Pottery Festival”  Northern Clay Center: Minneapolis, MN. Sept. 9 - 12

2010: “Solo Exhibition” Cedar Creek Gallery: Creedmore, N.C.  August

2010: “16 Hands Exhibition” Birke Gallery, Marshall University: Huntington,WV. Aug 23-Sept.9

2010: “Out of Round” Perspectives: Oconee Arts Foundation: Watkinsville, Ga. Aug.27-Sept. 15

2010: “Yunomi Show” Akar Gallery: Iowa City, Iowa. March

2010: “1895 Years of Pottery” B Square Gallery: Piladelphia, Pa. NCECA March 30- April 3

2010: “Strictly Functional- Then and Now” Marriott Hotel, Phila. Pa.  NCECA March 31- April 3

2009: “Art of the Cup” Ogden Museum of Southern Art: New Orleans, La. Nov. 12 – Dec. 13

2009: “Intimate Cups” Clay Mix: Fresno, California. November 5- December 19

2009: "Simply Formal” Arizona State University, Tempe, Az.  NCECA April3-May31

2009: "Yunomi Show” Akar Gallery: Iowa City, Iowa. March

2009: “20*Below-32*Above” Minnesota State University Dept. of Art and Design. Jan 26-Feb 11

2008: “Cedar Creek National Teapot Show” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC. June 6 Sept.7 

2008: “Contemporary Clay 2008 Biennial" The Art Center of Western Colorado. May 2-June28

2008: “16 Hands” Red Lodge Clay, Red Lodge, Montana. March/April

2008: "Table of Elements” NCECA: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburg, Pa. March

2008: “La Mesa” NCECA:  Santa Fe Clay, Pitsburgh, Pa. March

2008: “Pots that Pour” The Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY. February 2-25

2007: “New works: Ellen Shankin & Jeff Shapiro” Akar Gallery: Iowa City, Iowa. August 10-29

2007: “New Works” The Signature Shop, Atlanta, Georgia. October 5-27 Solo Exhibition

2007: “Table Tops” Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ. June2-July9

2007: “Minnesota Pottery Tour”  St. Croix River Valley: Harris, Mn. Will Swanson’s. May 12-13

2007: “16 Hands Studio Tour”  Thanksgiving Weekend & 1st. weekend in May yearly: Floyd,Va.

2007: “Salt & Pepper” Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico. April 27-May 26

2007: “Southern Appalachian Tradition: The New Wave” NCECA Clifton Gallery: Louisville, Ky.

2007: “La Mesa” NCECA Exhibition, Louisville, Kentucky. March 14-17

2007: “Cups Coming Together” Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY. February 3-24

2007: “TEA”  Santa Fe Clay Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 5- February 3

2006: "Of Earth and Mind” William King Regional Art Center, Abingdon,Va. Nov. 17 - April 8

2006: "Solo Exhibition” Eureka Crafts, Syracuse, NY.   June 10-30

2006: “Group Exhibition” Washington Street Gallery: Lewisburg, W.V.   June 2-29

2006: “Potters of the St. Croix River Valley Tour” Harris, Mn. May 13-14

2006: “An Extravagance of Salt and Pepper” Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Md. May 6-June 4

2006: “La Mesa” NCECA Exhibition: Santa Fe Clay, Portland, Oregon. March 8-11

2006: “30 / 30” Lill Street Art Center: Chicago, Illinois. February 4 - march 12

2005: “30 X 5” Akar Gallery: Iowa City, Iowa. November 18-December 31

2005: “The Simple Cup” KOBO Gallery: Seattle, Washington.

2005: “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary” Terra Incognito, Chicago, Ill. Sept 17-Oct 26

2005: “Potters of the Southern Mountains”  Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Mo. June 2-July 2

2005: “Differences within Functionality”  Andrews University: Berrien Springs, Mi. April 5-30

2005: “la Mesa” Santa Fe Clay NCECA show Baltimore, Maryland. February

2005: “Potters of the Mid-Atlantic” White Hall Gallery, NCECA, Annapolis, Md. February

2005: “A Touch of Elegance” McBride Gallery, NCECA show, Annapolis, Maryland. February

2005: “Bottled Spirits” Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Ky. May 5-June 18

2005: “National Teapot Show Vl" Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, N.C.  June 11 - September 4

2005: “2nd Annual Invitational Pottery Show”  Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, Ma. April

2004: "The Potters of 16 Hands” Santa Fe Clay: Santa Fe, NM.  September 24 - October 23

2004: "16 Hands" Gallery 108: Roanoke, Virginia.   August 3- 31

2004: “This Splendid Table: Fantastic Dishes for food" Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design

2004: “Duets” Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design: Louisville, Ky. July 2-September 18

2004: “16 Hands” Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Danville, Va. March 28-May 9

2003:  "2 man show" Akar Gallery: Iowa City, Iowa. Ellen Shankin and David Crane

2003:  "2 man Show"  Cedar Creek Gallery: Silvie Granatelli and Ellen Shankin, Creedmoor, NC.

2003:  “Dinner is Served” Worcester Center for Crafts:  Worcester, Massachussetts.

2003:  “Women in Clay”  Odyssey: Asheville, NC.  

2003:  “Hundreds of Cups”  Santa Fe Clay: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2003: “Tea for 2”  Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2003:  “Winterfest 2003”  Baltimore Clayworks: Baltimore, Maryland. 

2002:  Solo Exhibition:  College of William and Mary. Williamsburg,Virginia.

2002: "American Earthen" Adnan Franko Sanat galerisi: Izmir, Turkey.

2002:  “National Ceramics Invitational”  Bruce Gallery of Edinboro University. Edinboro, Pa.

2002:  “Stoneware for Daily Rituals”  Red Star Studio: NCECA Conference.  Kansas City, Mo.

2002:  “For the Table”  Santa Fe Clay. Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001:  “Historical Influences on Contemporary Ceramics”  Guilford College.  Greensboro, N. C.



2001: “Wayne Higby: Reunion”  Helen Drutt Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2001:  “25 Select 25” Lill Street Gallery. Chicago. Illinois 

2001:  “Solo Exhibition” Red Star Studios. Kansas City, Missouri      

2001   “American Pottery Festival 2001” Northern Clay Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota

2001:  “Teapots” The Clay Connection. Charlotte, North Carolina

2001:  “Honor the Mug” Cedar Creek Gallery. Creedmoor, North Carolina

2001:  “Earth and Abstracts” Greensboro Cultural Center. Greensboro, North Carolina

2001:  “16 Hands: Group Exhibition” Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2001:  “Drinking Vessels” Elipse Art Center,  Arlington, Virginia

2001:  “Ceramics Invitational”  Sul Ross University.  Alpine, Texas

2001:  “Studio Days”  Chester Springs Studio. Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

2001:  “Le Grand Buffet” The Clay Studio. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2001:  “From Shoulder to Foot” Quinlan Visual Arts Center. Gainesville, Georgia

2001:  “Teapots Transformed” Ferrin Gallery. Northampton. Massachusetts

2000:   “Ceramics USA 2000”  Juror: University of North Texas. Denton,Texas

2000:   “American Pottery Festival 2000” Northern Clay Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota

2000:  “Community in Clay” The William King Art Center. Abingdon, Virginia

2000:  “Cup 2000” Fifth Element. Portland, Oregon

2000:  “Earthworks 2000” Juror: Kingston, Rhode Island 

2000:  “Focus on Function” University of Minneapolis. Minneapolis, Minnesota

1999:  “Community in Clay" Art Museum of Western Virginia. Roanoke, Virginia

1999:  “Pots for Daily Living” Show of Hands. Denver, Colorado NCECA 

1999:  “Solo Exhibition” Lill Street Gallery. Chicago, Illinois 

1999:  “Ritual of the Table” Odyssey Gallery. Asheville, North Carolina

1999:  “Select 12” Ohio University Art Gallery.  Athens, Ohio 

1999:  “Ceramics Invitational” AstraDesign. Richmond, Virginia

1999:  “Person to Person: Interpretations of Function” Brockport, New York

1998:  “Ceramics U.S.A.” Denton, Texas

1998:  “Strictly Functional” Ephrata, Pennsylvania

1998:  “West Virginia Ceramics Invitational” Morgantown, West Virginia

1998:  “Vessels that Pour”  Lill Street Gallery. Chicago, Illinois

1997:   “An Accessible Art”  NY State School of Ceramics.  Alfred, New York        

             Co-curator with Val Cushing

1996:  “Functional Clay ’96”  Shoestring Gallery. Rochester, New York

1995:  “3rd Annual Teapot Exhibition”  Craft Alliance. St. Louis, Missouri

1994:  “In-Form-al Function” Baltimore Clayworks. Baltimore, Maryland 

1993:   “Soup Tureen ‘93”  Helen Drutt Gallery.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.    

1992:   “7th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition”  San Angelo, Texas  

1992:   “Women’s Visions: Mid Atlantic Invitational” Montgomery College. Rockville, Md    

1991:   “A Tea Party” Chicago New Art Forms. Chicago, Illinois

1991:   “N.E.A. Fellowship Winners”  The Farrell Collection. Washington, D.C.

1990:  “Tureen Show” Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts. Detroit, Michigan

1989:   “Form in Function”  Central Park Gallery. Kansas City, Missouri

1988:  “Pewabic Invitational” Pewabic Pottery. Detroit, Michigan

1987:   “Potter’s Potters” NCECA.  Syracuse, New York

1985:  “Teapot Invitational” ArtForms Gallery. Louisville, Kentucky  

1984:   “Clay U.S.A."  Radford University.  Radford, Virginia               Honorable mention

1983:   “Crafts U.S.A.”   Reykjavik, Iceland

1983:   “Function in Clay: New Works” NCECA. Atlanta, Georgia 

1982:   “Green Meadow Invitational” Spring Valley, New York 

1981:   “Fourteen Southeast Potters”  Blacksburg, Virginia    

1980:   “Westwood Clay National” Los Angeles, California    

1977:    Fosdick Nelson Gallery Alfred, New York



2018: “Design Decisions” Sugar Maples, Hunter N.Y., 5 day hands on

2018” “Shape 'n Shake in Tuscany” La Meridiana: Certaldo, Italy. 2 week hands on Workshop

2016:“Shape 'n Shake in Tuscany” La Meridiana: Certaldo, Italy. 2 week hands on Workshop

2015: “Shape 'n Shake in Tuscany” La Meridiana: Certaldo, Italy. 2 week hands on Workshop

2015: Metchosin International School for the Arts: Victoria, BC. June 27-July 3 Hands On.

2014: Visual Arts Center, Richmond, Va.  2 day Demo workshop

2013: Huara Huara: Santiago, Chile 10 day hands on workshop

2013:  La Meridiana: Certaldo, Italy. 2 week hands on workshop and Italian experience. Fall

2013: San Fransisco Clayworks: San Francisco, Ca. 3 Day Demo Workshop: June 28-30 

2013: Carolina Clay Matters: Piedmont Comm. College. Charlotte, NC.  February 16-17

2013: Little Pottery Shop: Frederick, Md. 2 Day Demo Workshop: March 9-10

2012: La Meridiana: Certaldo, Italy. 2 week hands on workshop and Italian experience. Fall

2011: Triangle Potters Guild: Raleigh, NC. 2 Day Demo Workshop:  March 25-27

2011: “Potter’s Council Conference: “Surface and Form” Presenter. Cincinatti, Ohio. Jan.28 -30

2010: La Meridiana: Certaldo, Italy. 2 week hands on workshop and Italian experience. Fall

2010: Marshall University: Huntington, WV. 2 day Demo Workshop Sept. 7-9

2010: Making through living-Living through Making-Studio Pottery

2010 Pre-NCECA Conference: Montgomery Community College, Blue Bell, Pa.  March 29-30

2009: Arrowmont School of Crafts "Lids Handles and Spouts” Gatlinburg, Tn. March

2009: East Lansing Potter’s Guild: Lansing, Michigan. 2 day Demo Workshop. Jan 20-22

2008: La Meridiana:  Certaldo, Italy. 2 week hands-on workshop and Italian experience. Fall

2008: Shakerag: Sewqanee, Tennessee: June 22-28. 1 week hands-on workshop.

2008: Duluth Art Institute: Duluth, Minnesota.  March 29-30

2008:  Pottery West: Las Vegas, Nevada. February 22-25

2008: East Tennessee State University: Johnson City, TN. February 7-8

2008: Ceramic Designer’s Association:  Virginia Beach, Va.  January 15-16

2007: Piedmont Technical College: Edgefield, South Carolina. September 15-16

2007: Clay Art Center:  Portchester, NY.  July 30-August 31. 1 week hands-on workshop

2007: HAYSTACK:  Deer Isle, Maine. June 17-29. 2 week hands-on workshop

2007: Ann Arbor Potters Guild: Ann Arbor, Michigan. March 24-25

2007: Local Clay: Bloomington, Indiana. February 24-25 

2007: Craft Guild of Dallas: Dallas, Texas. January 23-25. 1 day hands-on workshop

2006: “La Meridiana”  Certaldo, Italy. 2 week Hands on Workshop and Italian experience. Fall

2006: Syracuse Potters: Syracuse, NY.  June 10-11

2006: Cape Cod Potters: Cape Cod, Massachusetts. March 21-22

2006: Wesleyan Potters: Middletown, Connecticut. March 17-19

2005: Jacksonville Center: Floyd, Virginia. 3 day hands on workshop. August12-14

2005: Anderson Ranch: Snowmass Village. 2 week hands on workshop. July 3- 15

2005: Hambidge Center: Rabun Gap, Ga.  1 week long hands on workshop. June13-17

2005: Nancy Green Studio: Watkinsville, Ga.  weekend demo workshop. June

2005: North Harris College: Houston, Texas. 4 day hands on workshop. January 6 - 9 

2004: "La Meridiana" Certaldo, Italy: 2 week hands on workshop and Tuscan experience. fall

2004: Odyssey: Asheville, North Carolina.  1 week hands on workshop. May 31- June 4

2004: Terra Incognito:  Oak Park, Illinoise.  May 22-24. 1 day demo

2004: The Art League: Alexandria, Virginia. March 19-21. 2 day demo.

2004: Ceramics Guild of Bethesda: Workshop and show Jurying. March 1-3

2004: University of Tennessee Knoxville 2 day presentation. Feb. 2 -4

2003: University of Pennsylvania: State College, Pa.1 day presentation and demonstration

2003: Appalachian Center for Crafts: Smithville, Tennessee.  1 week

2003:  Jamaica: Anderson Ranch:  Falmouth, Jamaica. 10 days

2003: Claymakers:  Durham, North Carolina. 1 week

2002: La Meridiana:  Certaldo, Italy. 2 week workshop

2002: Santa fe Clay:  Santa Fe, New Mexico.  1 week workshop

2002: Carolina Clay Guild:  Greensboro, North Carolina. weekend workshop

2002: William and Mary: Williamsburg, Virginia. 1 day workshop

2002: Armory Art Center: West Palm Beach, Florida. 1 week workshop

2001:  Arrowmont School of Crafts: Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 1 week workshop

2001:  Red Star Studio:  Kansas City, Missouri  

2001: The Clay Studio:  Portchester, New York. 1 week workshop  

2000:  Anderson Ranch: Snowmass Village, Colorado. 2 week workshop 

2000:  New River Valley Clay Symposium: Blacksburg, Virginia. (with Nick Joerling )

2000:  South County Art Association: Kingston, Rhode Island

1999:  University of North Texas: Denton, Texas

1999:  Virginia Beach Potters Association: Virginia Beach, Virginia      

1998:  Anderson Ranch:  Snowmass Village, Colorado. 2 week workshop

1998:  Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild: Fort Worth, Texas 

1997:  Wallingford Potters Guild:  Wallingford, Pennsylvania  

1997:  Arrowmont School of Crafts: Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 1 week workshop

1997:  N.Y. State School of Ceramics at Alfred:  Alfred, N. Y. 

1997:  Fusion Conference: London, Ontario, Canada 

1997:  Virginia Clay Conference:  Front Royal, Virginia

1996:  Arrowmont National Utilitarian Clay Symposium: Presenter. Gatlinburg, Tennessee  

1996:  Hinckley Studio: Washington, D.C.        

1996:  Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: Deer Isle, Maine. 2 week workshop

1995:  League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: Bennington, Vermont. 5 day workshop

1995:  North Carolina Clay Conference: Ashboro, North Carolina 

1995:  American Ceramic Society: Los Angeles, California

1995:  Brambleton Art Center: Roanoke, Virginia 

1994:  14th Potters Gathering: Ripley, West Virginia 

1994:  Peter’s Valley: Layton, New Jersey. 10 day workshop

1994:  Baltimore Clayworks: Baltimore, Maryland 

1993:  Duke Art Center: Durham, North Carolina 

1993:  92nd Street “Y”: New York City, New York. 5 day workshop

1993:  Super Mud: New York City,  New York

1992:  Radford University:  Radford, Virginia

1992:  Winthrop College: Rock Hill, South Carolina

1992:  Craft Guild of Dallas: Dallas, Texas  

1991:  NCECA Conference: Demonstration. Tempe, Arizona

1991:  Lee Art Center: Arlington, Virginia 

1991:  Wesleyan Potters: Middletown,  Connecticut 

1989:  New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred: Alfred, New York

1989:  Wesleyan Potters. Middletown, Connecticut

1983:  Roanoke College. Roanoke, Virginia

1976:  Landmark Society. Friendship, New York ( fall classes )



The International Museum of Ceramic Art: Alfred, New York

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts: San Angelo, Texas

NY State School of Ceramics at Alfred: Alfred, New York 

Art Museum of Southwestern Virginia:  Roanoke, Virginia

Mint Museum: Charlotte, North Carolina

Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Roanoke College: Salem, Virginia

Taubman Museum: Roanoke, Virginia

Crocker Art Museum: Sacramento, California



Virginia Museum Grant 2001

Smithsonian Craft Show   Honorable Mention   Washington D.C.  1996 

First Prize:  7th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition 1992

National Endowment Visual Arts Fellowship Grant  1991



Studio Potter:     

Volume 13 #2 Potters of the Blue Ridge

Volume 18 #1 Visions and Prophesies

Volume41 #1   A Sense of mastery


Ceramics Monthly:         

N.E.A. Fellowship Grant Recipients:   December 1990 (Cover)

Form and Function in Baltimore:   March 1995

Virginia Clay:   October 1996


American Craft:  

N.E.A. Grants: December 1990

Fellows Choice:  June/July 1995

Vessels that Pour:  Aug. 1998


Contact :   

Exploring Form Keeping Function:   Winter 1996/97


Pottery Illustrated:

Surform:  By Ginny Marsh 


Clay Times:   

Four Floyd County Potters:  Fall 1999

Kansas City’s Star Quality Exhibits:  Volume 8 #4   July/August 2002

16 Hands:  Volume 9 #5 September/October 2003 



The Ceramic Design Book: Val Cushing

Functional Pottery: Robin Hopper

The Ceramic Spectrum: Second Edition: Robin Hopper

The Art of Contemporary American Pottery: Kevin Hluch  

Teapots Transformed: Leslie Ferrin

Wheel Thrown Ceramics: Don Davis

The Best of Pottery: Angela Fina

Women Designers in the USA 1900-2000: Pat Kirkham

500 Pitchers: Lark Publishers

500 Teapots: Lark Publication 

Wheel Throwing: Emily Reason

The Vase and Beyond: Daniels and Lynn

In the Potter’s Kitchen:  Sumi von Dassow

Mastering the Potter’s Wheel: Ben Carter

Clay: A Studio Handbook: Vince Pitelka


Ellen Shankin

297 Sumner Lane NE

Floyd, Virginia 24091