Wayne Higby is a ceramic artist, Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, and Director of the Alfred University Ceramic Museum.
Higby’s unique vision of the American Landscape and its manifestation in work ranging from vessel form to tile, sculpture and architectural installation has brought him international recognition. His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Higby is the recipient of both the Master of the Media and the Distinguished Educator awards from the James Renwick Alliance as well as the American Craft Museum (Museum of Arts and Design, New York) Visionary award. Since 1991, he has traveled and taught extensively in the Peoples Republic of China. Higby is an Honorary Professor of Art at Shanghai University and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute as well as a faculty member of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. In 2004 he became the first foreign national to be acclaimed an Honorary Citizen of the “porcelain city“ of Jingdezhen. Higby is a member of Honor of the United States National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), a Life Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland. A major book on Wayne Higby’s work and his project “EarthCloud” —the largest hand cut porcelain, architectural installation in the world—has recently been published by Arnoldsche, Stuttgart, Germany.