Anne Hirondelle received a BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, after earning a BA in English and an MA in Psychology. She has exhibited her work around the United States, including shows in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York. Her pieces are in numerous private and public collections, including the White House, Museum of Arts and Design, L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. She received an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988, and recently was awarded the 2009 Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. She states, “For over 20 years I was drawn to the vessel as an abstraction and metaphor for containment. I took ideas from traditional functional pots and stretched them into architectural and later, more organic sculptural forms. Staying true to my clay roots of vessel-making, my 2008 body of work has evolved from a simple bowl form. By deconstructing and reconfiguring, by distorting and manipulating, by combining two forms to make one, by grouping multiple pieces to create one, and by incorporating new materials—fabric, cardboard, wire mesh, and sea salt—I have tapped a new well of sculptural possibilities.  The work has been the leader, and I have followed: paying careful attention to its needs and coaxing it, by small revolutions, into being.”