Judy Hummell received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Anthropology at Idaho State University, and did field work on the Mohave language in the early 1970's under the auspices of the Survey of California Indian Languages, Berkeley. Pursuing other interests, she obtained an MFA in Art at the University of Georgia in 1980. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions including "Miniature Fiberarts: A National Exhibition," Santa Fe, NM; "cARTography," John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; "6th Annual National Textile Invitational," Ogden, UT; "Sculpture Southeast," Athens, GA; and "California Small Works," California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA.
After moving to San Francisco in 1994, she changed direction from fiber art to clay. Inspired by ancient Greek and Native American pottery, she is now making pots which are coiled using a red clay and highly burnished with a smooth stone. After they are bisque fired, the pots are fired again using sawdust and wood in a pit at the beach. The microcosmic patterns of color are created by chance and reflect their singular journey through the elements: earth and water, wind and fire.