Brenda Lichman grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and her M.F.A. in ceramics with a minor in drawing from the University of North Texas in 2002.
In 2008, Brenda curated and organized "Line to Volume", an exhibition of thirty nationally known ceramic artists for the NCECA conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Brenda was named, "Emerging Artist" from Ceramics Monthly Magazine in May of 2009; she also received a "Merit Award" from the University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition that same year.
Currently, Brenda works as a studio potter in Wichita, Kansas where she also teaches ceramics and drawing at Wichita State University. Her work is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center, AKAR, 18 Hands Gallery, & Santa Fe Clay.
The physicality of the ceramic media is an integral part of my everyday liveliness and identity. As a result, it is imperative that my work reflect this synergy. I define myself as an energetic passionate person striving for balance and harmony in my life and in my creative work. It is important that I leave my mark on the surface of the vessels I create to express this personal involvement with each piece. The touch of my hand or a fingerprint left on the surface are all aspects of this interaction. Thick slips are added to the outer surface of my vessels, creating soft fluid contours. These luscious lines accent the form alluding to graceful movements of a feminine gesture. I begin to develop the form from within; stretching, pushing, and pulling the clay outward creating internal volume and strength. My vessels convey an inner quality or core; a breath, full of energy, and full of life.
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