Judith Hugentobler
Medium: Ceramics/Pottery and Sculpture

Studio Location:
183 Lorraine Street
Studio # 3507

Phone: 3472161358

Email: hugentobler.j@gmail.com

Website:: https://judyhugentobler.com

Artist Bio:
Judith received a Masters in Sculpture from the SUNY at Albany in 1997, after which she pursued interests in ceramic sculpture fabrication, upstate NY. At that time she began teaching, offering introductory courses in 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional Design at the college level. Working as a Teaching artist Judith has conducted programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. With a core training in 3 Dimensional fabrication in various materials such as plaster, metals and clay she continues to experiment with alternative firing methods and ceramic fabrication at TI Art Studios.

Judith has participated in several artist residency programs, most recently at Byrdcliffe Artists Residency in Woodstock, New York, supported by the Pollach Krasner Foundation. Previously she has been a resident at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, and at The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, in Johnson, Vermont. She studied installation art internationally at the Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria and was a guest student in 1982 at the Kunst Akademie Dusseldorf, Germany.

Artist Statement:
My ceramic works are inspired by landscape, coastal areas around NYC. An interest in the changing nature of this habitat began as a response to over development of land within wetlands, in close proximity to where I currently live. This Land is a flood zone and has a history of providing resources for migrating birds, as apparently "over 50% of migratory birds are dependent upon wetlands." Having witnessed the removal of green spaces in my neighborhood since the 1970's it is an ongoing concern.

I collect naturalistic waste materials, which serve as findings gathered from waterfront locations. These found elements add to the irregularity of the surface. Building with segments produced from press molds, I randomly construct forms by layering materials and experimenting with color application. With a history of casting various materials, exploring different surface pattern and patina, I often consider fragmentation as an essential aspect of my sculptural works. They convey a feeling of erosion or decomposition, with complex textures indicating physical transformation. Alternative firing techniques have been an important part of my process as well.

All images and text copyright Judith Hugentobler