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Anne Hirondelle

Biography to Display: 

1944 Born Vancouver, Washington


1966 BA English, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

1967 MA Consulting Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, California

1972-1973 School of Law, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1973-1974 Ceramics Program, Factory of Visual Arts, Seattle, Washington

1974-1976 BFA in Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington


1976—Studio Potter, Port Townsend, Washington


Anne Hirondelle began her career making functional pots. After perfecting these forms by working as a production potter, Hirondelle begin to experiment with the alteration and scale of traditional forms. By 2002 she was creating architectural soda ash glaze vessels, especially teapots and pitchers. Her new body of work, minimalist sculptures or wall mounted pieces, still featured a vessel component. She composed these forms using a deconstructed thrown bowls that she cut and reconfigured or extruded clay that she used to make freestanding tangled sculptures.

In another body of work, Hirondelle painted her sculptures with a combination of latex and acrylic paints after firing in attempt to free herself from the confines of glaze. Her "Go Pillows" and "Re:Coil" series of 2012 each incorporate a bright color palette; contrasting with her more prolific use of earth tones.

Hirondelle uses an electric wheel and a propane-fired, down-draft, 50 cu.ft. kiln that she designed and built.


Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gateway Tower, Seattle, Washington

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

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Stanford University Art Museum, California

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

White House Collection of American Crafts, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas


Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth, and Tony Cunha. The Artful Teapot. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2001..

Lauria, Jo, and Jake Seniuk. Anne Hirondelle: Ceramic Art, Thomas T. Wilson Series. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2012.

Lauria, Jo, and Gretchen Atkins. Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics 1950-2000. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Rizzoli International, 2000.


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Typical Marks
ca 1995
Date: 1980-1990
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Two Handled Lidded Jar on Base
Date: ca 1995
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Pitcher Pair
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 23, 2023.