“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
- The Dali Lama
“My name is Linda Duclaud-Williams and I live on the edge of the Cambridge fens in a small village of thatched cottages and Dutch-style buildings. I’ve pursued many creative routes over the years. It wasn’t until 2013 that my love of clay really took hold. In 2015 I had a studio built in the garden. As a keen wild gardener and extensive traveller, I take much of my inspiration from the natural world. My art is in its early stages my work at the moment is a melting pot, making a wide variety of items.
Steadily more and more an emotional connection to nature and our planet’s shared environmental situation. The current individual and personal challenges caused by the pandemic have also led to a poignant expression in clay. However, I also like to surprise and delight with the occasional humorous piece.
I hand build using a variety of techniques from slab, to pinching and coil construction. Above all, I individually craft and paint by hand every item. As a result, they take time to produce. Therefore, each ceramic piece is unique. Dried slowly then fired in the kiln to bisque. Subsequently, the glazes are applied. Lastly, a final firing takes place in the kiln to fix the glazes.
It's at this point that anything might happen and I give up my precious items to the kiln gods. Consequently, they may have imperfections on the surface, slump a little, get stuck to the shelf or even crack. I love the tactile experiences of building and sculpting each piece and holding the completed artwork. The magical process of glazing a piece adds to the mystery of how each piece will look upon completion. I find the physicality of moulding clay and the unpredictability of glazing and firing so exciting. It is this excitement that entices me back in to my studio time and time again.
I am a member of Anglian Potters who hold two exhibitions a year. I also take part in Cambridge Open Studios, as a working studio during July weekends.”
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