(1926-2007, USA) Magical Dancers, 1982 Stoneware; ht. 26.5 in.
These two vessels (Lots 59 and 60) are both exceptionally drawn and glaze painted, the main criterion (aside from form) in choosing a major work by this Montana native. Both works come from a particularly fruitful period of Autio's oeuvre.
Reference: Lackey, Louana M. and Autio, Rudy. Rudy Autio. Columbus, OH: American Ceramic Society, 2002 for similar work see.
Rudy Autio (1926-2007) 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. He headed the ceramics department at the University of Montana until his death. 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.