Autumn Cipala is a ceramic artist living and working in mid-coast Maine. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Autumn pursued a formal art school education at School of Visual Arts in New York City as a painting major and re-directed her focus to ceramics following her introduction to clay. Autumn holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and an MFA from University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Autumn’s most recent body of work is in great part influenced by her experiences in Amizmiz, Morocco as a presenting artist of the Akal Exchange, and by her personal research of historical ceramic pieces in the reserve collections of the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution and the Nelson Atkins Museum.

A note from the artist:
I aspire to make forms that quietly engage the viewer, inspire curiosity, and invite a sense
of discovery. These are objects that ask one to slow down and to notice the subtleties of
form, surface, and function. My intention is for these vessels to be used mindfully.
An assuredness of form is essential to this work. Curves, volume, and proportion are
balanced with restraint. I prefer complex yet clean forms that are enhanced by soft
translucent glazes. Consideration of balance continues as pattern is balanced with
unadorned surface, cool color with warm, and cup with saucer.
I am attracted to glazes that are most able to reveal the translucency of porcelain. These
glazes are inviting to touch and soft in texture and color. The glaze surface varies among
pieces, either possessing a watery shine, a silky skin-like quality, or displaying both of
these qualities as the glaze stretches and pools to articulate detail.
I am interested in light for its ability to capture ones attention as it illuminates: fleeting
sunlight on a tide-pool, or light beaming through a window to fill a porcelain bowl,
creating an illusion of suspension. Inspired by nature, the luminosity of translucent
porcelain, and openwork, I consider light as an active element as I compose form and
I look to historical ceramics for ideas and inspiration, and integrate elements of these
works into my own as a celebration of our rich ceramic lineage. I am inspired by the
work from many cultures, from China to Western Asia, North Africa, and the Americas:
by work that embodies harmony, purity, elegance and a tranquil presence.
The play of cast light and shadow, a lilting edge, a jewel-like pool of glaze collected in a
shallow dip: these are treasures that reside on the periphery of our attention. I am engaged
in bringing these outlying elements into the forefront. With attention to detail, I hope to
entice the viewer to linger in contemplation and reflection, developing an intimate
relationship with the object.

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