Judith Hugentobler, a native New Yorker whose formal art training began in High School in New York City. Moving with her family to Chicago, Illinois she began undergraduate studies in Biology and Studio Art in Granville, Ohio. During her second year at Denison University, she was introduced to metal sculpture fabrication using techniques to cast forms in materials, such as aluminum and fiberglass resin. She completed a BFA degree, with a concentration in sculpture, at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana.
Still exploring a combination of soft and hard materials, she eventually continued her studies in sculpture upstate New York., casting metals. During a Summer workshop at Skidmore College, Professor Regis Brodie introduced her to ceramic casting, saggar firing and raku. This changed her orientation, to have an increased awareness of the firing process.
Judith received a MFA degree in Sculpture, from the SUNY at Albany, and in 1997 pursued teaching in arts related programs. Returning to NYC in 2006, she worked as an Adjunct Professor of 2D / 3D Design, in the Visual Department of LIM College.
From 2010-2012 Hugentobler conducted programs in ceramic sculpture and hand building at the Sirovich Senior Center on East 12th Street, sponsored by a Space for Art Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Further programs for seniors through 2013 were funded by the Educational Alliance, on the Lower East side. She has been a teaching artist-in-residence for Public Schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island.
Judith attended a ceramic residency 2019 at the Byrdcliffe AIR Program in Woodstock, New York. Her work was included in Utopian Living Artists-In-Residence 2019 at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts (2020). Previous residencies include Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, and at The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, in Johnson, Vermont.
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