In the early 1960s, Richard Shaw was a student of some of the most innovative ceramic sculptors including
Ron Nagle, Jim Melchert, Manuel Neri and Robert Arneson, and sculptor Hudson. He was influenced at the
time by Peter Voulkos, Viola Fry, and Ken Price who, as a group, were redefining ceramics as a fine art
medium. These artists developed what became known as the California Clay Movement. Alongside these
artists and others, Shaw is recognized as one of the leading forces in the development and direction of
ceramics in the last half of the twentieth century.
Richard Shaw was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Grant in 1970 and the National
Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1974. His works can be found in the collections of highly prestigious national
and international museums including the Smithsonian, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, Stedlijk Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. His work will be
part of an upcoming exhibition Whitney Museum, Making Knowing: Craft In Art 1950-2019. Richard Shaw
taught at the SFAI from 1966 to 1986 and at UC Berkeley from 1987 to 2012.