Amber Aguirre

Amber Aguirre (born 1958) is an American ceramic sculptor. She was born to Holocaust survivors.[1] Aguirre received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Southern California in 1981, an MA in art education from San Jose State University in 1990, and a master of library and information science degree from San Jose State University in 1996.[2] She currently lives and works in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.[3]

She is best known for creating human and anthropomorphic figures with a surface created by a technique of her own invention, which she calls "naked fauxku". By employing a high fire, oxygenated atmosphere without reduction, a surface similar to naked raku is produced.[4][5] Disabled, in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art, portrays a seated nude female figure with an anvil in place of her left foot. It was created shortly after the artist underwent surgery on her ankle. This porcelain sculpture demonstrates the surface typical of Aguirre's work as well as her sculpture's whimsy. The Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the International Ceramics Studio (Kecscemet, Hungary), and the Kellogg Art Gallery (Cal Poly University, Pomona, California) are among the public collections holding works by Amber Aguirre.[6]

'Disabled' by Amber Aguirre, 2016, Honolulu Museum of Art
Disabled by Amber Aguirre, 2016, Honolulu Museum of Art

References

  • Aguirre, Amber, "Naked Fauxku" in Lazo, Eduardo (ed.), Naked Raku and Related Bare Clay Techniques, American Ceramic Society, 2012, pp. 85–96 ISBN 9781574983180
  • Vickery-Davidson, Devany, Amber Aguirre, John Natsoulas Press, Davis California, 2012 ISBN 1-881572-57-9

Footnotes

  1. ^ askART
  2. ^ Hawaii Craftsmen
  3. ^ The artist's website
  4. ^ Honolulu Museum of Art
  5. ^ Aguirre, Amber, "Naked Fauxku" in Lazo, Eduardo (ed.), Naked Raku and Related Bare Clay Techniques, American Ceramic Society, 2012, pp. 85-96
  6. ^ The artist's website
Aguirre (surname)

Aguirre is a surname of Basque origin. It shows different variants (Agerre, Agerri, Ager) and composite surnames (Eizagirre, Agirresarobe, Agirrezabal, etc.), meaning 'prominent' or 'exposed prominence/place'. Lope de Aguirre was one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas. Based on "the U.S. Census Bureau's 1990 and 2000 censuses," HowManyofMe.com estimates in mid-2013 that 68,990 people bear the surname Aguirre in the United States, making the name statistically the country's 508th most common surname.

Amber (name)

Amber is a feminine given name taken from amber, the fossilized tree resin that is often used in the making of jewelry. The word can also refer to a yellowish-orange color.Amber has been a popular name in most English speaking countries. It was the 20th most popular name in the U.S. in the 1990s. It has ranked among the top 50 names for girls in England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Australia and Canada in recent years.

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