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Wayne Higby

Biography to Display: 

1943Born Colorado Springs, Colorado

EDUCATION

1966BA Art Education, Minor: Sculpture-Ceramics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

1968MFA Ceramics, Minor: Seriography, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1966-1968Teaching Fellow, 3-D Design, Ceramics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1967-1968Instructor, Ann Arbor Potter's Guild, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1968-1970Ceramics Instructor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

1972, 1975Summer Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

1970-1973Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1978Summer Instructor, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

1973Professor, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1971, 1972, 1977, 1978Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1970Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

 

Wayne Higby’s vision of the American landscape appears on his works ranging from individual vessel forms to arranged linear box sculptures and architectural installations. Often his early earthenware or stoneware vessels were hand-built with inlaid clay and raku fired. Later in his career he began to make slab built porcelain box compositions and explore a renewed interest in the bowl form.

He is known for his innovative contributions to the raku firing technique. Higby made numerous visits to China to work and, in 1994, this experience led to his use of porcelain. He gradually became drawn to tiles as a way to expand his landscape imagery. Over a period of four years, he created Earth Cloud, the largest porcelain installation in the world. It is installed in the Miller Performing Arts Center at Alfred University.

In the early 1970s, the place of the vessel form in contemporary ceramics became an important theoretical discussion. Higby deemphasized utility of his vessel/container forms, frequently setting a series of ceramic slab built boxes in a linear sequence and using the front and back surfaces as a canvas to show landscape designs across all boxes from first to last. By 1976 he begin preferring bowl forms with the landscape features moving from the interior to the exterior.

Higby studied with Betty Woodman at the University of Colorado and with John Stephenson and Fred Bauer at the University of Michigan.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State, Muncie, Indiana

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Jingdezhen Museum of Art, Peoples Republic of China

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum for Contemporary Art Het Kruithuis, 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1879-1979. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton, 1979.

English, Helen Williams Drutt, Mary McInnes and Ezra Shales. Wayne Higby–Earth Cloud. Stuttgart, Germany: Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, 2007.

Held, Peter, ed., with Helen Williams Drutt English, Henry Sayre, Tanya Harrod and Ezra Shales. Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby. Stuttgart, Germany: Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, 2013.

Higby, Wayne and Helen Williams Drutt English. Wayne Higby. Philadelphia, PA: Helen Drutt Gallery, 1990.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics From Pipkins to Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the present. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1988.

Nordness, Lee. Objects USA: Works by Artist-Craftsmen in Ceramic, Enamel, Glass, Metal, Plastic, Mosaic, Wood and Fiber. New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1970.

Trapp, Kenneth R., and Howard Risatti. Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery. Washington, DC: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

Website(s):

http://www.alfred.edu/gradschool/faculty/profile.cfm?username=higby

 

Typical Marks
1970
1975
1979
ca 1988
Sunny Day Plate
Date: 1970
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 80.8.7, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 80.8.7, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Winter Inlet Landscape Box
Date: 1975
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Helen Williams Drutt, 1980, 1980.572.1-4ab
Photo: TMP
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Helen Williams Drutt, 1980, 1980.572.1-4ab
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Josiah's Canyon Winter Bowl
Date: 1979
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Firewall Gap Box Set
Date: 1985
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Plate
Date: 1988
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schultz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schultz Collection
Curved Bowl
Date: 1988
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schultz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schultz Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 30, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/higby