Taf Lebel Schaefer
'Sea Lion'

Taf Schaefer’s 20 years of exploring the sculptural aspects of form, combined with her love of nature and animal life, brought new dimension to the design language of Steuben where she was the top-selling designer for 14 years. Abstract forms play a strong role in her work as a means of conveying movement, tension or tranquility, and to capture and reflect light. Her experience and ability as a sculptor have given her a talent for capturing the essence and personality of an animal within a stylized and abstract form.

Growing up on Cape Cod, Schaefer found that the teeming oceans and transcendent wild beautyinspired her to become a sculptor. Objects found on hikes in the woods and nature walks along the seashore have been a source of
inspiration for Schaefer along with the powerful imagery of the world’s animals. Exploring worlds that are both a part of us and are mysteriously hidden from us informs Schaefer’s work as her sculptural vocabulary evolves.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Schaefer has taken a hands-on approach to her art by carving stone and wood and casting bronze sculpture. The actual process of creating the work informs the aesthetic and allows serendipity to have a place in the final imagery.

As an artist in education for the State of Maryland, a recipient of Massachusetts Arts Council Grants and an instructor at the Corcoran School of Art and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Schaefer helped engage, inspire and educate adults and children and the general public with her sculptural projects.

Schaefer has been in numerous group shows and has created commissioned works for private and corporate collectors. She is represented in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Cape Museum of Art, Seattle Aquarium, Vero Beach Environmental Learning Center, and in numerous private, corporate and academic collections.

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