Sisters, ceramic, 26" x 13" x 7"

Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Linda Lewis was often drawn to drawing or painting.  The sand box held a particular draw where she made buildings and cities and objects from the sand.  Soon Linda and her brothers found clay deposits along the banks of a creek and spent long hours forming creations from the clay. 

Linda now creates small to medium scale, earthy figures from clay.  Her figures tell a story from ideas of Linda's family, daily work experiences, or her childhood.  It is impossible to live life perfectly, she aims for the surface to reflect the unpredictability we face everyday.  For the viewer to be able to relate and connect to the piece is what Linda strives to accomplish.

Most of her sculptures are coil built using raku clay.  Large coils are pressed together using the hand and a rib to fuse the coils into a smooth surface.  Some details are added and textures are applied with a variety of common objects.  Some of the surfaces that she uses are low fire glazes and oxides, glazes, and slips.  She then fires them at low temperatures several times. Her unique crackle is achieved by combining high-fire clay with low-fire glazes.  A black overglaze is applied and sprayed off with water just enough to expose the texture and crackle finish before she fires it one last time.

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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on April 02, 2008

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