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Meet : Linden Gray

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When I was asked to write the "Meet" post for this week, the first artist who came to mind was my sister Linden Gray, who I had just returned from visiting on Cape Cod over fourth of July weekend. Linden has been throwing pottery since she was fifteen and has her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

For the past year Linden has been the ceramic studio manager at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, which is an artist work center on Cape Cod offering a variety of workshops taught by artists from around the world. Linden teaches workshops on throwing, hand building, and glazing for both adults and children and has been very involved in building Castle Hill's new wood kiln.

The wood kiln with Linden's dog Myles

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Linden's work focuses on surface alteration and creating unusual textures, which she does using heavy slip that resembles whipped cream. Adding the slip to the outside of the pots with tools causes the shape to collapse into a flower-like shape before it is opened back up and made round again. This process allows for layers of texture to develop that could not be created if the pot were to stay round while being thrown. Linden developed this method of surface alteration for her senior show at Alfred and has continued investigating new throwing techniques.

Here are a few of her tea cups

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I am drawn to Linden's work because it is both beautiful and functional in a way that is artfully simple and yet somehow still seems inventive. I think this is in part because Linden is fascinated with how societies make and use objects, as well as the nature of clay as a material. I was particularly struck by Linden's senior show at Alfred. She set her roughly textured white dishes on antique mahogany tables, creating a scene that was both elegant and surprising.

Here's one of the jars from that show

Linden's jar

Comments (6)

  • lovely work. Where can you buy it?

  • love it, where can i see more?

  • So fantastic and exceptional work. What a cute jar. Outstanding idea. Thanks for linking up.

    sam

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  • those tea cups are lovely! would love more info!

  • thank you for your interest, feel free to email me at lindengray@gmail.com.

  • It would be helpful to see the process that is described. The cups appear to have a mold separation line. Did the potter make molds from the experimental pieces she liked? How did she make the collapsed cups into cylinders again without having any presser on the outside wall? What kind of tool did she use to apply the slip?
    It is an interesting idea but the description of the process is not clear.

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