Greggory Schaffer is a contemporary multi-disciplined artist specializing in making small sculptural diptychs and jewelry. Greggory was born in 1966 in Columbia, South Carolina. He has always been interested in visual storytelling concerning the Norse and Celtic myths. He has also developed a deep love for the word of God, which J.R.R. Tolkien described to C.S. Lewis as the greatest myth of all, because it is true (Cothran). In his research, he began to see a connection between nature and God’s word and creation and the juxtaposition of how mythology tried to explain the natural world. Celtic iconography, both pagan and Christian, blends these themes of nature, mythology, and theology as all share iconography. All these elements are woven into His artwork as he explores various themes and concepts.
From 1983 to 1984, he studied at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC, while still in high school. It was here that he first learned bookbinding skills. Later, he attended Charleston Southern University from 1993 to 1994, followed by the College of Charleston in 1994, where he entered its undergraduate degree program to study their painting and printmaking curriculum. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998, he moved to the upstate of South Carolina, where he had his first one‐man show at Saint George’s Episcopal Church in 1999. Later, he participated in the Spartanburg Art Walk in 2017 and 2018.
He married his wife in 1999 and started an art‐based business called Wooden Celts Creations, which offered wooden croziers and high relief wood carvings. Since then, his love of Norse and Celtic art has intensified. He has been studying the culture, folklore, and mythology of the ancient Celts and Scandinavians. It is his goal to become as skilled as those ancient craftsmen who created the Waterloo Bridge helm or Book of Kells. At the same time, he aspires to be as knowledgeable as these ancient craftsmen were in the mythology and iconography of their culture, the early church's theology, and the later reformation as possible, blending these influences into diptychs and jewelry. That is why he enrolled in the Jewelry and Metal Arts program at the Academy of Art University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree, focusing on creative bookmaking, jewelry, and metal arts.