Location: Burnaby and Stump Lake, BC
Member Since: 1985
Linda’s journey in clay began in 1974 at the Burnaby Arts Centre, continuing with classes at Capilano College with Byron Johnstad, the Banff School with David Shaner and then a lifetime of learning from some of the most acclaimed ceramic artists imaginable, such as John Leach, Les Manning, Robin Hopper, Beth Cavener and Takeshi Yasuda, either through workshops with them or assisting during their workshops at the Shadbolt Centre. Her boundless passion for clay drives her to constantly learn, practice and perfect new techniques, so that the teacher in her can pass the knowledge on to others. Through teaching, participating in international ceramic conferences and working as a technician at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, Linda has supported and inspired a multitude of students and established artists, helping them to realize their own creative vision and potential. Linda’s skill with atmospheric firings has earned her praise from some of the world’s most respected atmospheric firers, like Jack Troy, John Neely, Gail Nichols, Ruthann Tudball and Janet Mansfield (who invited Linda to participate in conferences in Germany, China and Australia). She’s also participated in wood firing events and ceramic conferences throughout the US and Canada. A recognized expert on extruding techniques, she is in high demand as a teacher and presenter.
My first experience with clay was getting my boots stuck in the gumbo during the spring thaw. I hated and still hate mud, so it is ironic that I developed a passion for working with clay. From my first class over 45 years ago and throughout my life as a potter, I still find myself designing pots as I fall asleep at night. I enjoy the physicality of clay and pushing it to its limits.