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Rudy Autio



4 x 24.5 x 24.5 in. (10.16 x 62.23 x 62.23 cm)
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

In Aurora, Rudy Autio has altered the traditional form of the platter by folding over the rim to create a framing device for a mythological story. In Greco-Roman mythology, Aurora is the goddess of the dawn, racing across the sky in her chariot to announce the arrival of a new day. Autio precise linework depicts Aurora and her horse intertwined floating against the darkened background and rim of the platter. Like many of his peers in abstract expressionistic ceramics, Autio was interested in experimenting with larger forms. Yet his merging of form with carefully incised lines creates a sculptural narrative.

Along with Peter Voulkos, Autio was the Founding Resident of The Archie Bray Ceramics Foundation in Helena, Montana and remained its resident artist from 1952-1957. In 1957, he founded the Ceramics department at the University of Montana in Missoula. Rudy Autio remained in Montana, becoming a pivotal figure for the region’s ceramic activity. He, along with Frances Senska, cultivated a rich ceramic tradition throughout the state.

Matthew Limb

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