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Linda Chidsey

After a 30 year career in information technology, Linda's focus, time, and energy has taken a major shift to creating vibrant Raku sculptures, wearable jewelry art, and unusual copper creations. From a relatively simple palette of raw materials consisting of clay, copper, and natural stones, Linda strives to create unique jewelry, pottery, and sculptural forms. She often combines more than one media in a single piece of sculpture. Linda takes every opportunity to explore new concepts and ideas to create one of a kind artwork. All of her pottery is hand molded and no two pieces are alike. She uses the Raku firing process to make her ceramic sculptures. This is an ancient technique that involves removing the pottery from the kiln glowing with bright red heat and placed into a cold reduction chamber filled with combustible organic material like newspaper, wood shavings, or leaves. The pottery ignites the materials resulting in an oxygen deficient atmosphere that robs oxygen from the clay creating unpredictable smoke patterns, and spectacular metallic and lustrous effects. Raku is an exciting process, exciting for the artist and spectator alike. There is fire, smoke, and water but the best part is the beautiful and unique pottery that emerges from the ashes. The unpredictability of her media contributes to Linda's goal to create unique non-representational forms. Linda's copper sculptures are extraordinary contemporary sculptures made from various sized tubing which she bends, hammers, and manipulates until she is satisfied with the final form which evolves as she works with her raw materials. Her forms are varied but some reoccurring shapes are circles, swirls, curves, and even spheres. She uses several techniques to apply surface treatments to highlight certain areas and add more interest and create a variety of values that move your eyes around the sculpture. Most often her surface treatments involve polishing and patinas, and many of Linda's pieces include elements from her Raku pottery.

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225 Rockland Drive, Highland Village, TX zip,

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