Rudy Autio has been called one of the most important and influential ceramic artists working in the United States in the last fifty years. His work - especially his signature vessels painted with flowing female figures - can be found in the permanent collections of the world's most respected museums. But his legacy extends beyond museum collections. His involvement in the beginnings of the Archie Bray Foundation, along with Peter Voulkos, has supported and inspired generations of ceramic artists. His founding of the University of Montana's ceramics department and his dedicated teaching have influenced countless artists and, as art historians will recount, his journey from the world of traditional ceramic craft to the realm of clay as art form and canvas revolutionized the concept of ceramic art.
This biography of Rudy Autio offers a glimpse into the exciting time in art history when ceramic art broke from its past. It is a history and celebration of Rudy Autio's life and work, with a stunning gallery of more than 150 color images.