Anne Hirondelle earned a BFA degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1976. Her educational background also includes a year in law school and a degree from Stanford University in Counseling Psychology. Her works have been seen in one-person exhibitions in more than a dozen galleries on both coasts and in the midwest. Among her awards: a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, First Place in the Cedar Creek National Teapot Show, and First Place in Women in Washington: The First Century. Ceramics Monthly featured her work in March, 1993, and she has lectured at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the British Columbia Potters Guild in Vancouver.
Moving from a career in functional ceramic production towards contemporary, sculptural art forms, Hirondelle produces elegantly composed and minimal works that meditate on and deconstruct the structural component of the vessel — the poetic scope of ‘Go 10’ is easily equatable to contemporary functional earthenware as early Modernist marriages of style & shape, the artist often throwing complete bowls then cutting and reducing them down. The use of bright acrylic paint intends to contrast with the dull earthen tone of the natural ceramic, Hirondelle offering a simple comparison of internal and external surface.