Linda Collins Chapman

 

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Experience

Proprietor, Linda Chapman Design, 1975 to date
Kauai Museum Board of Directors-Secretary
Ceramics Instructor, Kauai Academy of Creative Arts,Island School – Puhi, Hawaii
Ceramics Instructor, Cherry Creek Arts Festival – in Boulder, Co. schools
Ceramics Instructor, Gift House Studio – Hanalei, Hawaii
Ceramics Instructor, Kauai Crafts Studio – Lihue, Hawaii
Garden Island Arts Council -Past President
Artist Participation Chair, Boulder Open Studios
Panelist, University of Colorado Career Symposium
Chairman, Art Show – National Porsche Cars of America Convention
Craft/Art Criticism for Craft Range Magazine
Chairman, Colorado Artist-Craftsmen Annual Juried Show
Drawing Instructor, Jefferson County Adult Education

EDUCATION
University of Colorado – Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major: Ceramics Minor: Drawing
General Background in design, lettering, rendering, printmaking, and textiles.
Anderson Ranch, Arvada Center, University of Hawaii, Yixing: Jengdezhen, China
Revealing Glazes – glass composition seminar by Ian Currie
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Fund Raising for Nonprofits

HONORS
KIUC Award-Kauai Society of Artists Annual Juried Show
Best of Show – Vail Valley Arts Festival
PCA National Convention, Monterey, Ca.
Laramie Arts Festival
First place – The Steamboat Fine Craft Exhibit
Patron Purchase Award – Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver Co.
Purchase Awards – Eagle Valley Arts Council Invitational, Vail, Co.
First Prize – Collector’s Mart, Denver, Co.

MEMBERSHIPS
American Crafts Council
NCECA
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
Washington Clay Arts
Sequim Arts
Hawaii Craftsmen
Kauai Society of Artists
Colorado Artists-Craftsmen

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I have been working with clay for over 40 years, and I am still excited by the inherent cyclical nature of the ceramic process. Taking risks,exploring new dimensions, ‘playing with fire’, literally mirrors life in terms of anticipating change and accepting the results and challenges presented.The ceramic chemistry and carving may appear to be complicated, but I actually rely on time-tested ancient processes. Universal symbols act to illustrate a sense of order and space through abstraction and geometric formation. Innovation is a result of how the symbols, colors and theories are energized by a synthesis of new ideas and modern technology.

My stoneware and porcelain pieces are wheel-thrown, combining both the traditional manner and unusual approaches to achieve risky and innovative vessels. Slip is then applied, and when the correct dryness is achieved, the piece is ready to be carved. Following the ancient technique of scraffito, I carve through the thin layer of color, back into the pot. This creates pattern and dimension. The fascination with the decoration of each piece lies in creating a three dimensional image on a flat surface. The viewer’s eye does the work. The pots are then high-fired in an oxidation atmosphere using an electric kiln. At this point I lose control of the process and leave to the fates which pots will survive and be successful.

To see more about Linda check out the sites below
www.lindachapmandesign.com
www.hawaiicraftsmen.org
www.pafac.org
www.saimcaglayan.com
www.washingtonpotters.org
www.nceca.net
www.craftcouncil.org

Resume

Linda Collins Chapman is recognized for her decorative carved designs in stoneware and porcelain. Innovative plates, graceful vases and striking wall pieces act as ceramic canvases for her use of a surprisingly wide color range. This, in conjunction with her fine design sense, distinguishes her work . “I have been working with clay for 40 years, and I am still excited by the inherent cyclical nature of the ceramic process. Taking risks, exploring new dimensions, “playing with fire”, literally mirrors life in terms of anticipating change and accepting the results and challenges presented.

The ceramic chemistry and carving may appear to be complicated, but I actually rely on time-tested ancient processes. Universal symbols act to illustrate a sense of order and space through abstraction and geometric formalization. Innovation is a result of how the symbols, colors and theories are energized by a synthesis of new ideas and modern technology.

”Corporate and private collectors on four continents have selected her pieces to enhance their offices and homes. Her work has been selected for juried and invitational shows, including “Functional Ceramics National” at the College of Wooster Art Museum in Ohio, Museum Art Fair at the Aspen Art Museum, the “Art of Craft” at the Denver Art Museum, “Art Frenzy” presented by the Colorado Lawyers for the Arts, “Colorado Colors” at the Colorado History Museum, “Y2Klay” exhibit at Denver International Airport, the Tzedakah Box Invitational at Denver’s Mizel Museum, and the Colorado Artist-Craftsmen show at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D. C. Linda’s work has been displayed in galleries through out the US, and has been shown at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and “Craft Design 90” which toured the state of Colorado.

She has traveled to Madison for the Art Fair on the Square, LaJolla for the Festival of the Arts, and Park City for the Art Festival. Linda has shown at the “Celebrating Colorado Artists” show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Bliss Center for the Fine Arts, Steamboat Springs, the Beaux Arts Society Exhibition at the Boise Art Museum, and the American Crafts Council Shows in San Francisco and Baltimore. She also had a one women show, “Stoneware and Porcelain”, at the Boulder Public Library. She has taught for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in the Boulder schools. Linda was invited to speakat the University of Colorado for the “Careers in the Arts” Seminar. Linda relocated to Kauai in 2002, taught at Island School and in her studio. She traveled to China in2008 to study at Yixing and Jingdezhen. In 2010, Linda returned to the mainland, reopening her studio in Sequim, WA.

An alumni of the University of Colorado School of Fine Arts, she holds a BFA in ceramics.youtube.com/user/satoriordie LindaCollinsChapmanDesign.mp4