Biomorphic Sculpture.

This recent body of work has evolved from thoughts about the interdependence of all life forms, and how that relationship is essential to life's survival  on our planet. In it's simplest form I need only think of pollination, the relationship between plants and insects and how that depends our survival. On a symbolic level the branching pattern in a leaf or tree is the same as an insect wing or our own bodies network of veins and nerves.


  • B.F.A. Philadelphia College of Art, 1963
  • M.F.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1965


  • Chester County Art Assoc, Excellence award, West Chester, PA, 2008
  • Curators Choice Mayfair, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 1997
  • Chester Springs Studio - prize, 1994
  • Wayne Center for the Arts, Wayne, PA - prize, 1993
  • Delaware Museum of Art - purchase prize, 1989
  • Craft Concepts, Purchase award Noyes Museum, Margate, NJ, 1985
  • Craft Concepts, Clay award, Margate, NJ, 1983

Funded Residencies

  • The Hill School, Pottstown, PA, 1997
  • Watershed, Main, 1995
  • Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA, 1994

Dale Shuffler was featured in 3rd Edition of Electric Kiln Ceramics by Richard Zakin, printed 2004.

One Person Shows

  • Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE,¬† 2007
  • 25 Year Retrospective, Chester Springs, PA, 2006
  • Abington Art Center, PA, 2003
  • West Chester University, PA, 2001
  • Clay Lady, Eagle, PA, 1995
  • Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA, 1994
  • Alianza, Boston, MA - Featured Artist, 1989
  • Alianza, Boston, MA, 1987
  • Craft & Folk Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 1986
  • The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 1983

Selected Group Shows

  • International Faculty Cultural Exchange - Capital Normal University,
    Beijing, China, 2006
  • Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2004
  • Meditations on Small Objects, Wayne Art Center, PA, 2001
  • Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
  • Amazing Clay, Staunton Augusta Art Center, VA, 2000
  • Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, 1998
  • Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, 1997
  • San Angelo National, San Angelo, TX 1996
  • Watershed - 10 years of Fire - Joann Rapp Hand and The Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Crafts National, Zollar Gallery Penn State, PA
  • Abington Art Center - Clay on the Wall, Abington, PA
  • Rosenfield Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1995

Permanent Collections and Private Collections

  • The Noyes Museum, Ocean County, NJ
  • Philadelphia College of Art
  • Harvey and Judith Gushner, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE
  • Phyllis Aerenson, Wilmington, DE
  • Judith Schwartz, New York, NY
  • Ed Orten Ceramic Foundation, Westerville, OH
  • Arthur Williams, New York, NY
  • Gail Brown, Philadelphia, PA
  • Warren Angle, Philadelphia, PA

All of the work is hand formed with the occasional use of press molds to form the larger shapes. Assembly can take several days to complete the building. Once bisqued they go through a glazing process that may or may not require multiple firings to layer glazes for depth of color and variegated surface.

I start with drawings but during the process there begins a relationship between myself and the piece and the work begins to have a say in who it actually is, a silent visual conversation if you will and the piece may turn out quite different than the drawing. Having studied both painting and sculpture clay has satisfied my interest in both.



  • 150 Cooks Glen Rd.
    Spring City, PA 19475


  • 610-469-0467
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