This first comprehensive work on Mary Shaffer illuminates her radical life and art, from a single mother in the ?0s entering the male-dominated world of glass art to the renowned master she is today. A pioneering figure in the American Studio Glass Movement, she expanded the art form with her innovative mid-air slumping technique, which uses gravity to create flowing, organic shapes from glass. Nearly 200 photos covering four decades feature her iconic slumped and cast glass art, as well as large outdoor sculptures, conceptual installations, and commissioned pieces. Personal stories shed light on integral figures, moments, and developments in studio glass art throughout her career, giving rare insider insight to artists, students, and collectors. A foreword by Jane Adlin and contributions from Lucy R. Lippard and William Warmus delve further into Shaffer? artistic philosophy and legacy?ne rooted in dissolving the binaries of liquid/solid, female/male, intangible/tangible, personal/political.
Mary Shaffer is an important influence in the American Studio Glass Movement. Her work is featured in collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan; and museums in France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Bolivia, and Denmark. Shaffer has lectured worldwide and taught at New York University and California College of the Arts.
Her honors include receiving a USA Fellow Grant by United States Artists, three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and the Glaspreis from the Kassel Competition in Germany. Shaffer was among the first group of four to receive the Visionary Award from the Museum of Arts and Design in 1995. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, and Marfa, Texas.