About The Artist
While in high school Anthony Scheffler would escape the orchestration of the planned suburban community in which he lived, and travel on his bicycle for miles along the city lakefront and then south toward the river, passing through rows of wood framed houses before arriving at dawn in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It was a fascination with how the local architecture gave context to and enriched the characteristic smells, sounds, and shadows of this unique community that drew him back so often and eventually resulted in him exploring, through art and contemporary craft, the power and appeal of simple shapes. In 2008, Scheffler began showing his work, which includes open and closed vessels, teapots and wall sculptures. He hopes to present a line of jewelry in 2018. Several of his pieces are in private and corporate collections, including the Fleur Bresler Collection and the permanent collection of The Kamm Teapot Foundation. Although known for his unique, slab built wooden teapots, Scheffler’s wall hangings best reflect his fascination with and ongoing exploration of simple lines which he considers the “roux” of compelling design. Although he holds a number of degrees, as an artist Scheffler is largely self-taught, having benefitted throughout his life from observations of, and associations with, accomplished artisans. He now splits his time between the university and his studio, finding purpose as an educator and expression as an artist-maker. He returns to New Orleans often and remains an avid bicyclist.