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Linda Sikora

Biography to Display: 

1960Born Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

EDUCATION

1983 Diploma of Fine Arts, David Thompson University Center, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

1989 BFA Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

1992 MFA University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1997 Residency, The Archie Bray Foundation for the Arts, Helena, Montana

2004 Residency, Tainan National College of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1996-1997 Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

1997— Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University School of Art and Design, Alfred, New York

 

Linda Sikora’s thrown porcelain or stoneware jars, bowls and teapots are best known for their complex forms and polychrome surfaces. Typical of earlier pieces, are manipulated or embellished details made after removal from the wheel. Sikora created these details by pinching the clay to add ruffles or, by adding small balls of clay the rim.

Sikora's work from circa 2012 on, simplifies her previously embellished forms by instead exploring the subtleties of form and surface techniques. This is evident in her 'faux wood' group of 2012.

Sikora begins her firings with wood and ends with an oil drip. Using oil to finish the firing allows some ash deposits on the work but prevents the rich colors from burning out or being clouded by ash deposits. Sikora uses either wood, oil and salt firing, or, salt firing.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Burkett, Richard. Masters: Porcelain-Major Works by Leading Ceramists. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.

Cooper, Emanuel. Contemporary Ceramics. London, England: Thames and Hudson, 2009.

Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object. Madison, WI: Guild Publishing, 2000.

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publishing, 2000.

Hopper, Robin. Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2004.

______. The Ceramic Spectrum. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000.

Kneafsey, Kathleen, “Sources and Influences: Mentors and Students,” Ceramics Monthly (April 2012).

Peterson, Susan. Working With Clay, 2nd edition. London, England: Laurence King Publishing, 2002.

Schjeldahl, Peter. “Ceramics and Americanness.” American Ceramics 11, no.2 (Spring 1994).

Shapiro, Mark. “Linda Sikora: Beneath the Surface,” interview. The Studio Potter (June 2004).

Sikora, Linda. “Necessity Presses.” The Studio Potter, (Winter/Spring 2011/2012).

_____, Linda, ed. “Contemporary Functional Pottery: A Sampling of Views,” The Studio Potter (June 2005).

Smith, Paul J. ”Handmade by Design.” Ceramics Art and Perception, no. 51 (2003).

_____. For Use-Handmade by Design. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.2000.

 

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Typical Marks
1998
ca 2008
ca 2008
ca 2014
Large White Covered Jar
Date: 1998
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Teapot
Date: ca 2000
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Ewer and Saucer
Date: 2008
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Covered Bowl with Two Handles
Date: ca 2008
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Large Bowl
Date: ca 2009
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Four Plates
Date: ca 2011
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Guess Whose Coming to Dinner, February 2011, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Guess Whose Coming to Dinner, February 2011, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Jar
Date: 2014
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Polychrome
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Moran
Photo: Loren Maron
Pitcher
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bottle with Lid
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Cup and Saucer
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Yellow Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Coffee Pot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 10, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/sikora