Linda Wren Ceramics

Linda Wren Ceramics

About The Artist

Linda Wren • Henrico, VA

I try to breathe life into clay, transcending its inert nature. With a BFA in Graphic and Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University, my career started in two-dimensional design, crafting compelling ads. In 2020, amidst a global lull, I discovered a passion for ceramic figurative sculpture. I push the boundaries of clay, aiming to transcend the medium and invite viewers into a world of magic and wonder capturing the essence of the human spirit.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Each piece is meticulously hand-crafted, ensuring a unique, one-of-a-kind creation without the use of molds or duplicates. The ceramics is fired to bisque, followed by the application of a cold finish. This hands-on approach infuses each sculpture with a distinct character, capturing the essence of my artistic vision in every detail.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Sculpting with clay is an immersive journey where I feel characters come to life beneath my fingertips. As a former Art Director, color and texture hold immense importance to me. Challenges fuel my creativity—configuring anatomically correct poses, testing clay physics, and replicating textures like knit caps, folds in fabric and tree bark. The joy lies in capturing characters’ emotions.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

In 2020, amidst pandemic restrictions, I unexpectedly discovered a fervent passion for figurative sculpture. Confined to my home studio and unable to access Richmond Visual Arts' ceramic facilities, I turned to hand-building characters. The love for this newfound art form prompted a significant decision—I resigned from my creative role in Advertising to wholeheartedly explore and embrace the world of sculpting, marking a transformative shift in my artistic journey.