Bracker’s is excited that Linda Lopez will be one of our three presenters for our Pre-NCECA workshop, “it could be anything”  The title of this workshop came of a joint discussion between Linda and co-presenters, Peter Pincus & Ryan LaBar.  One handbuilder, one thrower, and one slipcaster….”what will this workshop BE,” they discussed….the answer, though simplistic, was true…

it could be anything

…and so it shall be, and whatever that is, you won’t want to miss it.  Conversations between the three artists continue as they plan their approach to this workshop.  Each will demonstrate their own methods, but all three will combine to collaborate on a piece.  Throughout the two day workshop, there will be conversations about MAKERS who inspire them, MENTORS who influenced them, and MILESTONES they’ve had along the way.  This workshop on March 13-14 will be the perfect preparation for the 50th anniversary NCECA conference, “Makers, Mentors & Milestones.”


Today, we take this opportunity to introduce you to Linda Lopez.  Selected as a finalist for the 2015 Young Sculptors Competition, her work was described eloquently by executive Director of Art in General, Anne Barlow:

Linda Lopez’s work, traits of painting, drawing and sculpture seem to collide through elements arranged within a ‘frame’ or situated on a plinth. While one can discern references to familiar natural forms and domestic objects-such as a book, vase, to a frond of a plant- these cannot be read literally. Combining globular ceramic objects, framed ink and gouache drawings, string, wood, and wire, a certain magic arises from the new correspondences that come from their co-existence.

Among her many shows, activities & features just this year, Linda was featured in an amazing exhibition at Sun Valley Center for the Arts titled “Defying Gravity: Interventions in Clay Exhibition, which opened July 10th and ran through September 18th.  Kristin Poole, the Artistic Director, put together an exceptional video about the show and the artists that were included.  Click below to hear her commentary on Linda’s work.  (We encourage you to watch the entire video, actually, just drag the red bubble all the way back to the beginning to see the whole thing!)  Linda has also been featured at Crystal Bridges museum, in American Craft Magazine, the Mindy Solomon Gallery, Santa Fe Clay, American Art Collector Magazine, Cohen Gallery at Alfred, and more, just in 2015!  Linda is an artist you definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn more about!


Linda Nguyen Lopez (b. 1981) received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico. She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, New York. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, Lopez was included in the Scripps Ceramics Annual curated by Julia Haft-Candel and the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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