Jack Handshaw - Potter

Jack's interest in ceramics began as a teenager when he was taking evening classes at a local greenware shop where he was only to become frustrated -  he was interested in the pottery making process, however did learn the basics of firing and glazing.  While in Jr. and Sr. high school, his teachers nurtured this desire and he concentrated more on the potter's wheel.  Upon Graduating from Chambersburg High School in 1974, he enlisted into the U.S.Army and was assigned to the Recreational Services Division where he worked as an Arts and Crafts instructor at Ft. Dix,N.J. for 3 years.  During this time he was exposed to many types of media: photography, watercolor, and Raku pottery.  He attended night school for sculpture at Burlington Comm. College and also took evening classes at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.  In the winter of 1978 after being honorably discharged from the Army, he briefly set up a studio in North Philadelphia, but dreamed of building an outdoor kiln in the country.


 The next Summer, his wish came true, purchasing a circa 1790 log home outside of Fairfield,Pa., where he soon set up his studio and Hobbitt House Pottery was established!  As a self taught potter, he has worked with many regional potters learning many techniques of firing pottery, pit-firing, wood-firing, low-fire earthenware, raku and high fired gas reduction.



Jack is a juried member of the Pa. Guild of Craftsmen since 1978, member of the Adams Co. Arts Coucil , Cumberland Valley Craftsmen and the Niccodemous Center for Ceramic Arts.  During the past 30 years he has traveled doing shows from the Greenwich Village Arts Fair to The Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show.  Today, his main focus is on local art events and hosts a studio tour in Nov. at his Fairfield studio. He teaches privately at his studio and conducts workshops and classes for many local non-profit organizations.


Jack has produced three years of redware reproductions for the Niccodemous Center at Penn State Mont Alto.-2004,5,6.  In 1981 won first place in clay at Lebanon Valley College art exhibit, held a one man show at Kauffman Gallery,Shippensburg state college in 1982, with watercolorist, Betty Roby, and has been involved with shows in the Gettysburg area since1979.  Gettysburg College also had a group show including his work in 1999.  Additionalloy, he has won several awards at the yearly juried show with the Adams Co Arts Council also at Gettysburg College.


Artists Statement:


"I feel my work reflects the natural beauty that surrounds me.  Clay has always helped me through issues of daily living and I feel my life would not be complete without clay as an outlet for my creativity."


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