|Traditional raku vase © Larry Shapers|
Larry Shapers was introduced to ceramics in 1977 in Cleveland, Ohio. A friend had a small studio and Larry began working as an apprentice. Larry taught himself because his friend was never there. In 1978, Larry moved to Arizona where he took a ceramics class at N.A.U. in Flagstaff. After a semester there he went to the Hopi reservation to observe the pottery.
In 1979 Larry traveled to Israel and found a potter who was working in the art colony of Eni Hod and he worked there as an apprentice for a year. In 1981 he returned to Cleveland and worked for a ceramic company where he delivered clay to all the universities in northern Ohio. The next year Larry built his own studio in Cleveland and taught classes.
Larry moved to California in 1985 and worked in Los Osos as an apprentice for Bill Toller. During the next 25 years Larry went off the world of ceramics and now he very excited to be doing ceramics again.