Autumn Cipala began her formal training in the arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she majored in illustration and painting. She later transferred to the School of Art and Design of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts in 1997.
Following her academic studies, Autumn Cipala undertook a number of apprenticeships and artist residencies over the next several years. These included an apprentice to Gary and Daphne Hatcher at Pine Mills Pottery, Mineola, Texas, and the position of studio assistant to Jack Troy, Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. In this assignment Cipala was in charge of mixing clays and glazes, firing, and working with students; she had time to produce her own work as well. In addition Cipala worked in the Continuing Education Program teaching an adult ceramics class while at Juniata. Cipala next spent over a year at the Miranda Thomas Pottery in Bridgewater, Vermont, where she learning all aspects of making in a small production pottery, producting carved slipware and hand painted pots while focusing on wheel related work. Cipala spent the next six months in an Artist Residency in the Linda Sikora and Matt Metz Studio in Houston, Minnesota, where she focused on wood and salt firing.
Cipala has participated in a number of exhibitions including the Strictly Functional Pottery National in Lancaster, Pennslyvania, where she won an awand for Best Teapot (2002). She likes making functional pots; also, she likes the way people’s everyday lives touch and use the things she makes.
Cipala now makes her home in Maine where the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presented a teapot invitational in July, 2005 to celebrate the works of four Maine potters: Autumn Cipala, George Pearlman, Meryl Ruth and Gail Savitz.
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