My work has mostly been based in organic forms from nature. Lately however a Mother’s worries about the world has subsumed my reverence for the glorifying of the natural world. I wonder at the exaltation of violence and the elements that inflict them.
Guns seem to be flowering like weeds, with a reverence for brute force and for a resistance to humanity. In speaking with our state representative and the police commissioner. I believe the best I can do is to keep this conversation alive.
Gorgeous craftsmanship is what I strive for. Because, ceramics can last for 100,000 years, I might as well make them as beautiful as I can. Ceramics is extremely labor intensive, and I cannot finish a piece in less than 2 months. There is building time, firing time and glazing time. I must think carefully where I want to put my time and energy. I want to use seduction and often humor as a way to catch the viewers’ eye. Then I want the viewer to have the opportunity to think about the concept.
I believe that women think in a more circular way, less top down. Women ask, “What do you think?” This gets more involvement from the group and more ideas for consideration. The feminine way tends to enfold the many.
— Linda Lighton
Linda Lighton went to the Factory of Visual Arts in Seattle to learn painting and ceramics. She went to the University of Idaho and was in the Mortarboard Society and the University of Western Washington in Bellingham. She received her BFA with honors from Kansas City Art Institute in sculpture in 1989.
Linda Lighton has had over 60 solo shows since 1979 and participated in over 150 group shows since that time. Linda is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. She was a co-curator of the International Academy of Ceramic show, “New World;Timeless Visions”,at the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art in 2012. Curator of “Desire” show at Belger Art Center in 2016.
Linda’s work is in many international museums in China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the US.
Lighton was honored to receive the Artist for the State of Missouri in 2009 and the Award for Excellence in Visual Art and Education from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011.
Linda received a Proclamation from Kansas City by Mayor Sylvester James in December 2012, for recognition of 10 years administering the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program. In 2016 Lighton received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts.
Linda has been to many residencies and symposium internationally; China, Italy, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey, and Spain.
She is the founder and director of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program which has sent 150 artists to 53 countries and the Arctic Circle. Linda is a fervent art activist and has served on many arts boards.