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Linda Willard

Biography: 

I was born and raised in Edmonton and now reside in St. Albert, where I work from my home studio and in conjunction with the St. Albert Potters' Guild.  My love of clay takes me on many travels seeking the knowledge of the past, the kinship of the present and the visions of the future.

My 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.  I want the finished piece to be pleasing to the senses and for the viewer to feel the energy generated in the process of creation.

Whether using glazes and the use of combustible materials to create shades and colours, or having the raw clay as the finished surface with the beauty of nature permanently embedded through the firing process, nature plays an important role in my work.  Many of my creations have simple lines, providing nature a canvas on which to add its own variations of colour and tone during the firing process.  I am inspried by the idea that although my knowledge and skill can take a piece to a certain level, there is a level still beyond that is left to other powers.  Science, faith, luck, karma... sometimes all, sometimes none, adds to a piece that can be forgettable, or can instantly etch a warmth in my soul forever memorable.

The words of Pablo Picasso speak to me both as an artist and as an observer of art by friends, in galleries or in nature:

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

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