Fred Herbst grew up near Green Bay, Wisconsin. He received a BFA in Art with an emphasis in Sculpture and a minor in Art History from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Herbst then attended the University of North Texas and earned a MFA in Ceramics in 1998. He joined the faculty at CCC in the fall of 2000, where he currently teaches a variety of Ceramics and Art History courses. In 2007, Herbst was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Herbst works primarily with wheel thrown and hand-built, wood-fired stoneware and porcelain. His functional and sculptural work has been shown widely across the country in a variety of juried and invitational exhibitions.
Herbst has given numerous presentations including the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the Glass Art Society, and the First European Woodfired Ceramics Conference in Germany. In the summer of 2013, Herbst was part of the artist residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. He has also received a number of grants to support his work through CCC, and the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Publications and Projects
Fred Herbst has several works published in Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and The Log Book: The International Publication for Woodfired Ceramics. His work has appeared in Ceramics: Art and Perception, and will be published in 500 Teapots Vol. 2 and Wood-fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists in the fall of 2013. Herbst has developed a hybrid wood-fired ceramics and glassblowing kiln in collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass. This design is used to fire ceramics and blow glass simultaneously. It was built at CCC and the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France.