Emerging Ceramic Artist to Watch: Brenda Lichman, Denton, Texas

lidded jar, 6 in. (15 cm) in height,
thrown and altered, soda fired to
cone 10 in heavy reduction.

oval dish, 11½ in. (29 cm) in length,
thrown and altered, soda fired to
cone 10 in heavy reduction.

The physicality of the ceramic medium is an integral part of my everyday liveliness and identity. As a result, it is imperative that my work reflect this synergy. I define myself as an energetic, passionate person, striving for balance and harmony in my life and in my creative work. It is important that I leave my mark on the surface of the vessels I create to express this personal involvement with each piece. The touch of my hand or a fingerprint left on the surface are all aspects of this interaction. Thick slips are added to the outer surface of my vessels, creating soft fluid contours. These luscious lines accent the form, alluding to graceful movements of a feminine gesture. I begin to develop the form from within; stretching, pushing, and pulling the clay outward, creating internal volume and strength. My vessels convey an inner quality or core: a breath, full of energy and full of life.



This was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly magazine’s
“Emerging Artists 2009” feature, which appeared in the May 2009 issue.
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