Anthony Shapiro

Ceramicist and executive director of Art in the Forest, Anthony Shapiro is the curator of the Handmade sector for Design Indaba Expo 2015.

Award-winning ceramicist Anthony Shapiro started making pots when he was 13 and never stopped. After apprenticing with Kim Sacks in Yeoville, Johannesburg, he started working as a pottery teacher at Ernest Ullman Park Recreation Centre in Morningside, Sandton. His popular ‘ANT’ brand of bowls found their way to Conran Stores in London, Paris and New York, Anthropologie and ABC Carpet as well as Home.

In 2012 Shapiro moved to Cape Town and started teaching at Art in the Forest Ceramic Centre in Constantia Nek. Art in the Forest runs a thriving ceramic centre with full time resident and associate artists, offering workshops, pottery classes and regular, free community classes to disadvantaged children. The centre is completely self-sustainable, which means every donation and all profits go directly into the centre’s outreach programmes.

Shapiro was appointed as executive director of the centre in June 2013.