Recurring themes in my work include discovery through the consideration of how the natural environment and built world shape and define how we navigate life.
Is a Massachusetts based artist and teacher
Shanna Fliegel grew up in northwest New Jersey. Only 50 minutes outside the city and a short hike from the Appalachian Trail, her early experiences shaped a love for both urban spaces and the natural environment.
Leaving NJ to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1997 functioned as a significant catalyst into the field of ceramics. The beauty of the Shenandoah Valley permeated her perspectives and work.
After earning her BFA in Studio Art she accepted a year-long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia. Her experiences and relationships here strengthened Shanna's background in wood-firing, native clays and surface.
Shanna received her MFA in Studio Art from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2009 and taught as Assistant Professor of Art at Montana State University, Billings from
Currently, she lives in Byfield, Massachusetts where she teaches art and ceramics at the Governor's Academy.
Cub Creek Foundation, Appomattox, VA
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, MN
Guldagergaard Artist-in-Residence, Denmark
Solo exhibition: Brumfield Gallery
2 person collaboration: Unsmoke Systems Artspace