Oral history interview with Rudy Autio, 1983 October 10-1984 January 28
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007
Harrington, LaMar, 1917-2005
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Transcript: 99 pages
Audio excerpt: 1 sound file (3 min. 33 sec.) : digital
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 27 min.
An interview of Rudy Autio conducted 1983 October 10-1984 January 28, by LaMar Harrington, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Autio speaks of growing up in Butte, Montana; his first art experiences; his education at Montana State College; his Navy service; working for Archie Bray, a brickmaker; working in carved brick and chimney pots; his interest in Indian customs; working with Peter Voulkos, and Voulkos' style; abstract expressionism; the importance of universities, organizations, and publications to ceramic art; going to Helsinki and learning about Finnish crafts; his thoughts on architectural art; his work methods; and his work in porcelain.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Rudy Autio, 1983 October 10-1984 January 28. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Rudy Autio (1926-2007) was a sculptor and ceramist from Missoula, Montana.
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001