Margie working in her hone studio in Jamesville, NY
B. 1944, Endicott, NY
Margie Hughto has examined ceramics in a non-traditional format, finding her métier in the slab or wall-mural format. Her work is characterized by shifts in color, shape, and style. It includes references to landscape and to painterly and natural abstraction.
Hughto is an internationally recognized ceramic artist with an extensive 40-year exhibition record which includes many solo as well as group exhibitions. Her artwork is included in many private, corporate, and museum collections including IBM, Kodak, Merck, Mayo Clinic, Smithsonian, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Renwick Gallery.
For the past 30 years, Hughto has become involved in numerous commissioned site-specific art works and several architectural public artworks. Her most notable public art project was commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of NYC for the Cortlandt Street subway station at the World Trade Tower II. Entitled, “Trade, Treasure and Travel,” the work consists of 12 large-scale ceramic tile murals at the Cortlandt Street subway station.
From 1971-1981, Hughto worked at the Everson Museum of Fine art as a part-time teacher, consultant, lecturer and Curator of ceramics. She curated numerous shows including “New Works in Clay I, II, III,” “Nine West Coast Clay Sculptors,” and “A Century of Ceramics in the United States: 1878-1978.” The Century Show was accompanied by a book published by E. P. Dutton, which is a major reference for museum curators, collectors, teachers, and artists.
Hughto joined the faculty of Syracuse University in 1971. She is currently a professor teaching ceramics in the school of Visual and Preforming Arts.
Hughto earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a MFA degree in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Hughto lives in Jamesville, New York where she has a ceramics and paper-making studio.