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Linda Willard

Diverse Energy

DIVERSE ENERGY - The Art of Peg McPherson, Linda Willard, and Helen Rogers

Diversity hits VASA in an energetic storm for the month of September when three of its non-resident members exhibit their work in the studios. While VASA’s new location in the Hemingway Centre is home to the studios of many resident members, the space is vibrant with activity and an amazing space to exhibit work for residents, non-residents and the public alike. Peg McPherson’s acrylic paintings burst with strong contrasts of values that tie in beautifully with the colourful mixed-media work of Helen Rogers. Finishing off the trio is the clay work of Linda Willard, with wall pieces that invoke the energy of the outdoor firing process.

Linda Willard


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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