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Mary Shaffer papers, 1969-2002

Shaffer, Mary, 1947-

Glass artist, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 4.2 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of internationally renowned glass artist and sculptor, Mary Shaffer, measure 4.2 linear feet and date from 1969 to 2002. Through correspondence, subject files, printed material and photographs the collection provides an overview of many aspects of Shaffer's career, including commissions, exhibitions, her teaching appointments, and the day-to-day administration of her affairs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Shaffer (1947-) is a sculptor and glass artist working in Rhode Island, New York, N.Y., and Maryland. Shaffer is recognized worldwide as one of the founding artists of the American Studio Glass Movement. In the 1970s and 1980s Shaffer taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Wellesley College, and New York University where she was Director of the Crafts Program in the Department of Art and Art Education. She also managed the Art Center at the University of Maryland in the 1980s. From 1975 on, she exhibited her work at O.K. Harris Gallery in New York, and other glass-specific or craft venues.


Donated 2002 by Mary Shaffer as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.