Autumn Higgins 2012
July 27, 2012
Autumn Higgin's blog sports the tagline "immature ceramics". But while the imagery may tickle the funny bone with its naughty nature, the body of work is far from childish. Using fine porcelain and intricate sgraffito techniques, Autumn presents a cast of characters that would make Tom Waits lurch for his pen and paper. Down and out, a little sad, a little funny, a little boozy and more than a little naked, these bartenders, pole dancers, players and burlesque ladies will bring a smile to your lips as you raise a glass.
MudFire Gallery is very pleased to present a solo show featuring the work of Autumn Higgins. Cups, plates, bowls and other tableware necessities combine fun and function for a completely original collection of handmade ceramics.
The show starts on Friday, July 27, 2012. Please stop by the gallery or shop on line starting at 12 Noon.
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More About Autumn Higgins 2012
Autumn's work merges life experiences with her functional pottery. Inspired by a ceramics apprenticeship in southern France, she began working with sgraffito decoration to incorporate her interest in social behavior with her love for functional ceramics. Based on human relationships and interaction with utilitarian objects, her work personifies our awkward and humorous nature. It is about voyeurism, common but unclaimed behavior, bodies, body parts, and laughter. The imagery, inspired by personal experiences and observations is meant to surprise the user, encourage laughter and some discomfort, but ultimately cause them to become more comfortable with taboos. Her stylized and child-like aesthetic, the preciousness of the porcelain, gentle colors and metallic luster entice the viewer to touch and use the objects. Only through the intimacy of touch will they be close enough to notice the explicit subject matter drawn on the surface.
Autumn's work is meant to be used and enjoyed, and she really wants people to relate to it. People should have fun while they eat, and laugh while they drink their morning coffee.