Shawn Spangler a native Pennsylvanian is a ceramic artist currently living and working in Hawaii. Spangler's work draws inspiration from craft, design and digital fabrication, raising questions concerning authorship, replication, or personalization. Spangler holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University. He shown internationally and has taught and offered workshops at numerous art centers, colleges and universities throughout the United States. Spangler is currently an Assistant Professor at The University of Hawaii. His wheel thrown porcelain forms are be complex, yet clearly articulated, oftentimes created through the combination of multiple parts. The forms are reminiscent of both Koryo dynasty and Song dynasty, examples he observed through his numerous trips to Asia and as a resident artist in China in 2002. He states, ”My work is an amalgamated map of the world I reflect upon. Producing pottery is a kind of play; a regenerative act ripe with reverence, revealing the human hands enduring connection to creativity. It guides us through stories of our past remaining as a cultural signifier to help us locate where we once were and where we are going."
"My interest is focused on artistic authorship upon 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."