Higby is known for vessel forms that are distinguished by their rich and innovative imagery. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, both in 1968. From 1968 to 1973, he taught at the University of Nebraska, Omaha; Scripps College, Claremont, California; and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. He is now a professor of ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. Active in many ceramics organizations and arts councils, Higby exhibits his work in major national and international exhibitions.