Ladies and Ram Vessel
Porcelain; ht. 13.25, wd. 15.5, dp. 12 in.
Rudy Autio was born in Butte, Montana and educated at Montana State and Washington State Universities. In 1952, along with Peter Voulkos and his wife, Lela, he became a founding resident of the Archie Bray Foundation, a center of ceramic art that continues to influence the field today. Autio headed the ceramics department at the University of Montana until his passing. Over the years, recognition and awards have accumulated: in 1963 he received a Tiffany Award in Crafts; in 1978 the American Ceramic Society Award; in 1980 a National Endowment grant to work and teach at the Arabia Porcelain Factory in Finland and the University of Helsinki; in 1981 the first Governor's Art Award in the State of Montana. This exceptional tri-sided work is powerful without being in the large scale. Possessing all the qualities that made this artists career, there is a mystery within the imagery that captivates the viewer.
Provenance: Garth Clark Gallery, New York
Minor glaze pops.