ClaySpace Featured Artist

 


Linda Kiepke

 

About the Artist

Linda began painting images with colored slips on clay slabs while attending Arizona Statue University. For three years she taught junior high school art in Arizona, followed by two years as an artist in residence for the City of Tempe, Arizona. She and her husband relocated to Naperville, IL in 1995. They have two children.

In 2001 she helped create a ceramics club at the local community college. By 2006 the club had grown to become the nonprofit co-op ClaySpace. Linda is a ClaySpace founder, one of the 55 current Resident Artists and one of the ceramics teachers.

Artist Statement

I respond to narratives, portraits, color, patterns and texture.

Selecting books for my children at the library began with illustrations. My studio is filled with vintage photographs, children's animal magazines, and textile design and nature books. I have sketches and postcard images taped to walls and tucked in boxes all around my studio waiting for me to introduce them into my art.

My recent work incorporates clay prints, created by cutting images into a soft linoleum mat and rolling a clay slab into the finished cuts. The slabs are painted with colored slips and velvet underglazes. I build with soft painted slabs and soda fire or clear glaze and oxidation fire the finished works.

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