About the artist
Linda Lee Kiepke holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, with an Emphasis in Ceramics, from Arizona State University. Linda worked for mixed media sculptor Suzanne Klotz. She taught junior high art in Arizona public schools for three years, followed by two years as an artist-in-residence for the City of Tempe, AZ; adding additional graduate level courses at ASU in ceramics, painting, sculpture. Linda and her husband relocated to Naperville, IL in 1995. They have two children.
In 2001, Linda was the founding president of a ceramics club at College of Du Page, bringing in guests artists for ceramic workshops. By 2006, the club members founded the 501(c)3 co-op, in Lisle, IL. Linda is the ClaySpace founding Vice President, a ClaySpace ceramics teacher and one of the 55 ClaySpace Resident Artists
I play with images.
Bold black line, texture, and color, adorn my narrative ceramic works. I find images and explore them through clay, painting, printing, and sculpture. Rudy Autio, Ron Myers, and Akio Takamori are some of my "ceramic heroes" Their clay work feels intuitive and incorporates a cast of characters through painted black line and bright color.
I fell in love with the potter's wheel in 8th grade. As the middle child of seven, working on the wheel, was something I could hold out as my own. In college, after studying painting and sculpture, I stepped off the wheel and began hand building with soft clay slabs painted with hand colored porcelain clay slips. Teaching ceramics for many years, I work with students both on and off the potter's wheel, hand building, sculpture, bas-relief, sgrafitto, glaze and underglaze, and fire both low and high, in electric and gas/soda kilns.
In much of my recent ceramic work, I'm having fun, emboss block printing images into clay slabs, using a lino cut carved, Soft-Kut mat, underglaze, and painting and inlaying hand colored porcelain clay slips. Keeping the still wet images, fresh and intact, while intuitively transforming them from a flat slab into a three-dimensional piece, adds a fun challenge to my creative process.