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Christine Federighi

American, b. 1949

Blue Carved Horse

Earthenware with polychrome glaze
46 x 28.5 x 13 in.
Gift of the artist

Christine Federighi literally coiled, carved and colored a place into ceramics history. Her large work, often the size of Blue Carved Horse, later rose like Alberto Giacometti’s super slender figures, as high as six-feet tall. This sculpture falls into an extended series starting with table top slab houses with a stick figure riding astride the roof—like riding a house. Federighi said: “The image or symbol of a figure and house have been constant to my ideas. . . I have allowed symbols to freely develop and become part of my body of work.” The house inspired strong associations for her with the human body and human thought. Blue Carved Horse is made of coiled red earthenware clay and fired at cone 04 (approx. 1900° Fahrenheit). After firing, the pieces are sealed with a solid color painted "ground," usually black spray paint. Oil paint is dry brushed over the surface in a painterly way, layering one tone of color over another for a deeper and varied color quality. The oil is allowed to sufficiently dry, usually for two weeks, and then sealed with a clear, satin polyurethane.

Federighi grew up in San Mateo, California and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1972 from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her Master of Fine Arts in 1974 from Alfred University, New York. From 1974 to 2006 she was Professor of Ceramics at the University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida. In 1983, she was the Visiting Artist, at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem, Israel.

Billie Sessions, PhD.

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