Artist Spotlight: Keather Lindman, Fogelberg Studio Fellow

The Emerging Artist Residency program encompasses two unique fellowships, designed to provide up to four ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. 

Keather Lindman is a 2018 Fogelberg Studio Fellow. We checked in with her, a third of the way into her residency, to see how things were going in practice. Remember you can apply to be part of the residency program until April 12, 2019. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact Jill Foote-Hutton, Coordinator of Artist Services & Storytelling at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org

NCC: Would you please share how your expectations of the residency have or haven't changed since you started in September?
KL: My expectations of the residency haven’t changed. I knew coming into this residency of the rich history of the Clay Center, the warmth and kindness of “clay people” in the community, and the many opportunities to get involved! I am so incredibly grateful to be a part of it all.

NCC: What are you currently working on in your studio?
KL: Most recently, I have been testing various slips and glazes. It has been a blessing to receive access to both Northern Clay Center’s extensive library and materials room. I have utilized the library to check out books with base glaze recipes that I can then alter and add colorants/stains to. Once I found suitable recipes, I mixed my test batches using the wealth of raw materials that the Clay Center offers to studio artists. One of my goals during this residency is to create narrative work with exciting surfaces.

NCC: What new questions have evolved in your research?
KL: I am looking into how the symbolism within the images on my pots can tell a story. I have become interested in creating sets where the narrative continues throughout each piece and larger vessels, which afford more surface area for drawing. I am also interested in incorporating more play into my making. I think that it is important to set aside time to experiment.

NCC: Are any future goals revealing themselves yet to you? If so, what are they?
KL: I have been lucky to be involved in Northern Clay Center’s school outreach residencies through the ClayToGoprogram. My involvement in this has been an incredible experience. I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of age groups alongside some phenomenal teachers! These experiences have left me with absolute certainty that I want to continue teaching as well as indulging in my own studio practice.

NCC: How are you managing a balance between the opportunity the residency is providing and a day job?
KL: As I mentioned, the Northern Clay Center has been incredible at providing opportunities for work. I have been extremely fortunate to be able to make clay my day job during this residency — between teaching, making, and helping in the sales gallery. I have also supplemented this with substitute teaching because of the flexible schedule that it provides. The life/work balance is one that I imagine a lot of makers struggle with, as the two tend to be so interconnected. I would be lost without my planner, where I organize “to-do” lists and manage my schedule.

NCC: What is the most surprising plus about the residency at NCC and how are you using it to your advantage?
KL: The most surprising plus has been to take part in volunteer opportunities leading up to large events such as APF, as well as recently becoming a seasonal sales associate in the gallery at Northern Clay Center. It has been a complete learning experience! I am learning so much about the “back stage” happenings in a gallery setting. It is useful as an emerging artist to see how work is packed, becoming familiar with inventory lists, how work is installed, tips and tricks of the wide world of Instagram, etc.

NCC: What has been the most unexpected challenge at NCC and how are you devising solutions to make an effective plan to overcome the challenge?
KL: Honestly, the most unexpected challenge has been finding time to commute home and feed my cat! Northern Clay Center has become such a second home to me that it’s hard to leave. Beyond that, the most unexpected challenge has been to accurately gauge timing in order to sign out kilns. I am trying to get in a good groove in finding the right making cycle for my work. Thankfully, everyone at Northern Clay Center is so accommodating with kiln usage from sharing kilns to updating one another about kiln openings on the schedule.