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Linda Christianson

June 2011

Pottery: Ideas & Making

Course Description
Our ideas for pots come from what we pay attention to. Beginning with our own personal curiosity as a basis for exploration, this clay workshop will focus on becoming comfortable with ideas, shapes, and methods that have eluded us or are new to us. We will explore what sparks our ideas as we make functional pots on the wheel, using demonstrations, lively discussions, fun exercises, and plenty of individual attention to further our progress. This workshop is focused on discovery and risk more than on producing finished objects. We will bisque fire those pots that are dry. All levels are welcome.

Supply List
Your general clay tools.
2 images of studio work
2 images of home or pets or studio
1 small personal object that fits in your hand that creates a sense of awe and wonder for you. It is that thing that you are drawn to year after year and you can't bear to throw it away. It will be found perhaps on your desk or in a drawer or on your windowsill. .
If you are able to, bring your favorite cup

Artist's Biography
Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. She studied at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota), and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada). She exhibits nationally and internationally, including one person exhibits in London and St. Louis. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. An itinerate educator, Linda has taught at Carleton College and the Hartford Art School. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation. Her recent writing appeared in Studio Potter and The Log Book.

Artist's Statement
A pot that captures my attention over time is not unlike a favorite book, revealing new layers of meaning each reading. The physical use of that pot is an added bonus. To hear the dull clunk of a spoon on a cracked but still serviceable favorite bowl is a delicate pleasure beyond words. The exterior of an unglazed baking dish develops a rich warm patina through years of being hauled in and out of ovens. I think of pots as stage sets of a sort, compelling in their resting position, but best experienced through daily or intermittent activity.

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