Linda Collins Chapman - Ceramic Artist
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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 obsessed with clay for 40 years, and I am still excited by the inherent cyclical nature of the ceramic process. Taking the risk of making, exploring new dimensions, literally "playing with fire" mirrors life in terms of anticipating change and accepting the results and challenges clay presents.
The ceramic chemistry and carving may appear to be complicated, but I actually rely on time-tested processes. Universal symbols act to illustrate a sense of order and space through abstraction and geometric formalization. My 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 my pieces to enhance their offices and homes.
My work has been selected for juried and invitational shows, including "Art Convergence" at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, "Small Works Show" at Port Townsend's Northwinds Art Center, "Functional Ceramics National" at the College of Wooster Art Museum, "Museum Art Fair" at the Aspen Art Museum, the "Art of Crafts" at the Denver Art Museum, "Colorado Colors" at the Colorado History Museum, "Y2Klay"exhibit at Denver International Airport, the "Tzedakah Box Invitational" at Denver's Mizel Museum, "Green Show" at Mark's Garage and the Hawaii Craftsmen Show, both in Honolulu, and the Colorado Artist-Craftsmen Show at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
My work has been displayed in galleries in nine states, and has been shown at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and "Crafts Design '90" which toured the state of Colorado. I have invited to Madison, WI for the Art Fair on the Square, LaJolla, CA for the Festival of the Arts, and Park City, Utah for the Art Festival. I have been included in the "Celebrating Colorado Artists" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Bliss Center in Steamboat Springs, the Beaux Arts Society Exhibition at the Boise Art Museum, and the American Craft Council Shows in San Francisco and Baltimore. I also had a one-woman show at the Boulder Public Library.
I have shown in and taught for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (in the Boulder, CO schools) I also taught the Summer Ceramics Program at The Island School in Lihue, HI.
I have also conducted numerous workshops in my private studio, as well as for Garden Island Arts Council for both adults and children.
I am a University of Colorado Fine Arts School alumni and was invited to speak at the University of Colorado "Careers in the Arts" Seminar.
I hold a BFA in ceramics.
YouTube Video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylxhNZiAhNU&index=13&list
Affiliations Present and Past...
ART JAM 2018, 2019, 2020
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Soroptimist International Sequim
American Craft Council
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
Northwinds Art Center
Washington Clay Arts
Garden Island Arts Council
Kauai Society of Artists
Canvas and Clay Television
Colorado Artist Craftsmen
Boulder Open Studios
Colorado Artists Register
"Linda's ceramic art has been a part of my daily life for more than twenty years. A couple of years ago my favorite salad bowl started to have a funny sound and the one day, it simply expired. I was bereft. It was so much a part of every meal I had prepared that I simply didn't want to put salad in anything else. I'm surviving, but just barely. What carries me on is all of the other wonderful work I have collected- a huge platter that smiles from the wall- it has mountains all around, the fabulous black and white pot that rests in a place of honor in my living room. The shape and the carving on the ornamental pot captures my eye every day. When I entertain, there are always four or five Linda bowls and presentation Linda platters that embellish my simple food. Linda is, plainly said, first, a wonderful thoughtful caring person and then the best and most complete artist I know. Thanks so much for sharing your genius."
Judy Hoch, owner, Marstal Smithy www.marstal.com
"Watching Linda and the growth of her work in recent years has been a privilege and a delight. Her work always brings me a sense of quality, beauty and peace.
Watching her work in the studio is a rewarding experience in itself. She gets into the zone of creativity that is like a meditation.
You will want her pieces around you to sustain that quality in your life. I have several of her pieces that span the last ten years. I love them all. "
Suzanne Franzen Kalaheo, HI
"I love all of what Linda does, from her creations to the way she works with people in her workshops. My kids loved her classes and we all walked away with our own treasured pieces that we proudly display in our home."
Jill Smith Kilauea, HI
My wife and I have been collecting and enjoying Linda's work for more decades than Linda would like to admit! They are all very special to us. Some are used on a daily basis, some adorn walls, others are on stands or table tops. As I sit at my computer writing in my office, there is an enormous, beautiful plate to my left. Her work is timeless, timely and moving.
Steve and Debbie Rosen Boulder, CO
In each of her magnificent pieces of art, Linda captures the very essence of the Old West; its history, its culture, and its glorious scenery. I know, as I am lucky enough enough to own one of her grand pieces and every time I look at it I am taken back to that beautiful countryside that I left so long ago...
Rose and I have followed Linda's work for a number of years and own several major pieces, some of which we use everyday and some of which we have hanging on the wall just to admire. Linda combines a thorough understanding of her materials, a mastery of traditional and contemporary clay and porcelain technique and an unfailing sense of color, texture and design to produce timelessly beautiful and useful objects.