Shiftan studied English Literature and Philosophy (BA 1980) at the Hebrew University, Ceramics at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design, (MFA 1986). Shiftan worked at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit Michigan (1986 to 1999) as Instructor, Production Manager – Senior Designer, and Director of Education. She taught at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (1999-2002), and has taught Ceramics at SUNY New Paltz since 2003. Shiftan twice received the Michigan Grant for Individual Artists and exhibits her work extensively. She is represented by Hostler Burrows NYC and LA.