Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Vancouver, WA born artist Anne Hirondelle may have lived in the same state for all of her 65 years, but her work has not. Both geographically and conceptually, Anne’s work has changed, as she has changed from feminist turned ceramist to vessel based to sculpture based.

While Anne has maintained her career from the corner of Jefferson County in serene and scenic Port Townsend, it has been one full of shifts and national recognition. As nominator Francine Seders puts it, “she is determined to push her work in new directions rather than stay within the comfortable parameters.”  Anne’s ability to do so has brought her consistent attention from the press. Most recently Anne’s work has been featured in the May 2009 publication of Ceramics Monthly and the 2008 October/November edition of American Craft. More than 30 years into her career, notice such as this is admirable.

Anne’s promise was recognized in 1988 with a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and as a Betty Bowen finalist in 2004. Her work, made locally and exhibited globally, is found regularly in Seattle at the Francine Seders Gallery but has also been exhibited at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, the Kitteredge Gallery in Tacoma, and the renowned ceramic galleries of Garth Clark (in LA, MO, and NY).  Her work has been to SOFA and traveled in a White House Collection of American Crafts. The Museum of Arts and Design, SAFECO, Stanford University and the White House are a few who house Anne’s work in their public collections.

The 2009 panel for the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement saw in Anne a quiet, steady voice, a long, interesting career and an astounding, remarkable woman whom, in their eyes honors the legacy and memory of Yvonne Twining Humber herself.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I am touched and honored to be chosen as the ninth recipient of the Yvonne Twining Humber Award. To be included among the previously selected remarkable women is deeply affirming: I never imagined myself in the same league.

When I enrolled in my first pottery class I never imagined becoming an artist, either.  I was 28 years old. With a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Counseling, I had directed a feminist social agency in Seattle for five years before entering the University of Washington School of Law. I knew the first day that Law was not for me, but it took a year before I found the courage to leave and trust my intuition: to learn to make pots. Following a year at Seattle’s Factory of Visual Art I was admitted to the University of Washington’s BFA program in Ceramics, my formal introduction to the art world.

In 1977, my husband Bob and I bought a small house with some outbuildings in Port Townsend where I created a studio, built a kiln, and went to work. Our commitment to live modestly has allowed me to work full time as a studio artist. 

By 1986 my work started to find its way beyond the Northwest and has been represented by galleries throughout the United States and included in numerous group shows. Through residencies, lecturing, and teaching workshops, I have had the pleasure of meeting colleagues and students around the country. All have fed my work and given me a sense of community.

In short, I have had the good fortune to go where my work has taken me and here I am, some 30 years along my path, being recognized for a lifetime of artistic achievement. I feel a bit overwhelmed, humbled, and grateful.

Thank you, Yvonne Twining Humber, for endowing this honor and thank you, Artist Trust, for all your efforts in making it happen.

Anne Hirondelle