William Shearrow Jr

Canton, Ohio | Exhibiting Since 2024

Bill Shearrow is a master potter, tile maker, and educator living and working in Canton, Ohio.
Earning a BFA with honors from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1982, Bill found his best artistic expression in wheel throwing, sculpture and glaze calculation. Bill has pursued the perfection of his art by continually pushing the boundaries of form and marrying the surface expressions to the vessels he creates.

The evolution of his work from crystalline glazes on porcelain in the 1980ʼs to functional high fired stoneware in the 1990ʼs has recently turned to a passionate interest in raku fired porcelain. Billʼs work can be found in many private and public collections throughout the world. He exhibits his work at galleries, museums and art festivals. He has won many awards including the Award of Excellence in Ceramics at the 2012 and 2013 Best of Ohio Exhibit. Bill was accepted into the Roycroft community of artisans and craftsmen in 2015.

As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be an artist. It is my life and my passion. Clay is the best and most interesting expression of art that I can imagine. the form is the most important part of pots. The surface should work with the form as one and never carry or overpower it. I love the unpredictable nature of firing. I believe every pot holds its own unique personality and still reflects the artist who first gave it life.