Linda was born and raised in Edmonton and now resides in St. Albert, Alberta, where she works from her home studio and in conjunction with the St. Albert Potters’ Guild. Her work has been seen in many local, national and international exhibitions, has been published internationally, and is held with public and private collections at home and afar.
Her main interest lies in the unexpected but controlled world of alternative firing where ambient temperature, humidity, or other environmental factors add an element of surprise to the final outcome. Many of her creations have simple lines, providing nature a canvas on which to add its own variations during the firing process. She is inspired by the idea that although her knowledge and skill can take a piece to a certain height, there is a level beyond left to other powers.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” The words of Pablo Picasso speak to her as both an artist and an observer of artwork in nature, galleries and all that surrounds her.
Favourite firing method
- Raku and alternative firing techniques, Cone 6 with colourful Mason stains
Primary forming method
- Handbuilding and sculpture, extruding or using moulds and texture
- Linda’s work is often burnished and silky smooth to the touch, where her favourite tools are palette knives and silicone ribs, or it’s heavily textured, where she’ll impress anything she can find to use as texture: sink drain mats, embossed wallpaper, pen caps, etc.
- Linda is passionate that people need to absorb enjoyment from beautiful things in their environment, even on a subconscious level. Things like music, nature or visually interesting displays allow us to be transported away for a brief moment. When she creates, not only is she swept up for that time, but her hope is that someone who looks at her work will be whisked away for a blink, with a smile. She hopes her finished pieces are pleasing to the senses, but also create questions around their formation and convey a sense of the energy generated in their creation.