Infinite Place: Wayne Higby


Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby

January 24–March 29, 2015 in the Grand Gallery


Wayne Higby is one of the most important second-generation artists of the post-World War II American ceramic studio movement.

Currently chair of the ceramics department at SUNY-Alfred, Higby gained national attention in the early 1970’s for innovative raku-fired vessels based on the Colorado landscapes of his childhood. After a visit to China in 1991, his work underwent a dramatic shift. He began working with slabs of glazed porcelain that continued to reference landscape, but as a focal point of meditation.

“I strive to establish a zone of quiet coherence, a place full of silent, empty space where finite and infinite, intimate and immense intersect,” he says.

This first retrospective of Higby’s work  includes 55 ceramic pieces from 1967 through 2012, including his studies for the largest hand-cut architectural installation in the world—the monumental Earth Cloud wall sculpture at SUNY-Alfred.

Pictured: Green Terrace Canyon (1975). Collection of Marlin and Regina Miller.