Linda Bowman, Louisville, KY
Working with porcelain on a potter’s wheel, Linda Bowman produces functional pieces for the home. She often uses the ‘sgraffitto’ carving technique to decorate her work with patterns and imagery, and black slip brush work to add simple contrasting designs to compliment her colorful glazes.
Linda also sometimes works with only the bare porcelain itself. She stamps, folds, sculpts and trails patterns on the smooth white surfaces. In her hand-built pieces, she tries to allow the softness of the porcelain clay and her construction slab methods to remain evident in the finished works. Hand building with porcelain is very difficult as the clay body has very little physical strength until dry and fired.
Linda’s work is fired in an electric kiln to 2200 degrees. She is influenced by ancient cultures, especially the Ecuadorian people, who captured the images of animals and shapes in their world to add beauty to every day objects.
Linda’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.