Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. Upon completing her education in 1977, she immediately set up a studio, built her first poorly designed wood kiln, and has been firing with wood ever since. Besides having split a lot of wood over the years, she has designed many wood kilns for schools and individuals. Linda studied at Hamline University (St Paul, Minnesota), and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada). She exhibits nationally and internationally, including one person exhibits in London and St. Louis. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. An itinerant educator, Linda has taught at colleges and universities, including Carleton College and the Hartford Art School. As a workshop and conference presenter she has had the opportunity to work with people and kilns all over the world. Linda received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation. Her recent writing appeared in Studio Potter and The Log Book. One of her goals is to make a better cup each day.
Having made pots now for about 40 years, I am surprised that it is still both a hopeful and troublesome effort to make a decent pot. The qualities that I search for in my work are fairly straight forward yet elusive. I am interested in a pot that does its duty well yet can stand on its own as a visual object. Woodfiring offers the forms a quiet surface that hopefully retains the essence of the clay itself. These pots are not sculpture; they seem to act more like engaging tools than anything else.