Judith is an arts educator and ceramic sculptor who received a MFA Degree in Sculpture from the SUNY at Albany. Ms. Hugentobler studied sculpture and site specific art internationally 1989 at the Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria and set design in 1982 at the Kunst Akademie Dusseldorf, Germany. Judith has worked on large scale props fabrication for Theater, Stop Motion Film and Children's Television.
Concentrating on ceramic production since 1997 she completed artist residencies in sculpture on the East Coast, at Byrdcliffe AIR and the Woman's Studio Workshop in New York, Watershed Center for the Arts in Maine, as well as I-Park in CT. Currently Judith works as an Adjunct Professor, teaching introductory courses in 2D and 3 Dimensional Design and Digital Imaging at LIM College. She has also offered programs within the community at large, in Ceramic Sculpture and hand building, at the Sirovich Senior Center on 12th Street, sponsored by a 2010 Space for Art Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She received a SuCasa Grant from LMCC in 2016 to work with the Senior Center on the Square, in Manhattan. Since 2013 she has maintained a studio space at TIArt Studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Through ceramic slip casting and hand building techniques, I create naturalistic forms, by the replication of a combination of found objects and natural objects. My work involves mold making to slump forms and then fabrication with slabs or slip. The pieces newer are Stoneware. After a bisque firing I often wood fire each section to achieve a random surface coloration.
At the core of my work is a concern for the coastal ecosystem, especially in the New York City area, which over development has threatened. I observe park sites with wetlands as a means to understand habitat loss and wetlands conservation. The science behind the ecology is also what informs my imagery.
b. 1957, Staten Island, New York
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York