Linda Sikora
Alfred Station, NY
2020 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Steven H. and Nancy K. Oliver.

Linda Sikora was born in Canada to the son of immigrant parents whose family left Eastern Europe as political tides turned. Canadian born, Sikora’s mother was the oldest of fourteen. Grade school education was a luxury for her parents, but the values of personal agency and industry were abundant. Today, she resides with her family (husband and daughter) near Alfred, NY, where she has an active studio practice and is a professor in Ceramic Art at Alfred University. Impressed by the furniture her father built and her mother’s acute sense of space, color, and pattern, the genre of functional ceramics became her primary practice through an education in art, craft, and design.

Service, storage, and display are platforms for culture and behavior. To serve (engage, offer), to store (hold, remember), and to display (share, invite) are gestures that are scalable. These gestures occur in close proximity at individual, private, household, and large-scale societal levels. Service, storage, and display are the conceptual underpinnings of ceramic subjects, such as teapot, cup, pitcher, and jar. Far from neutral, meaningfully made objects influence attention and action, and ultimately, how we stretch our imagination to know a broader world of conditions that are large and abstract, such as time. For example, consider a teapot that is “performative” over finite durations (until the tea is drained), and the storage jar, where stillness and silence actively hold for durations longer than a life.

Portrait photo by Alfred University Photographer.
  • Artwork by Linda Sikora
    Ground Constellation Bowl, 2019. Porcelain, black slip, glaze, texture and salt fired, dimensions 7 × 18 × 18 inches. Large flat-bottomed ‘ground’ bowl with painted motifs of things found on the ground in the spring. Photo by Brian Oglesbee.
  • Artwork by Linda Sikora
    BlackWare Group, 2018. Black porcelainous clay, glaze with applied texture to capture reflection then salt fired, dimensions 9 x 28 x 14 inches. Service, storage, and display combines the subjects of kettle, box, two types of drinking cups, and sauce plate. Photo by Brian Oglesbee.
  • Artwork by Linda Sikora
    YellowWare Group, 2014. Porcelain, monochrome glaze, oxidation fired in an electric kiln, dimensions 13 x 28 x 18 inches. service, storage, and display combines subjects of teapot, pitcher, jar, and covered bowl. Photo by Brian Oglesbee.
  • Artwork by Linda Sikora
    Faux Wood Group, 2014. Porcelain, stoneware, with polychrome glaze trialed pattern, dimensions 16 x 28 x 18 inches. Service Storage Display with teapots, vases, box, and open bowl. Photo by Brian Oglesbee.
  • Artwork by Linda Sikora
    Drawing Table (detail), 2013. Stoneware plates (painted and scragfitto motif) sit on tables under a roll of pencil-patterned synthetic vellum that translates the same motif into an interlocking and infinite pattern, dimensions 36 × 24 × 120 inches. Installed in Fosdick Nelson Gallery at Alfred University. Photo by Brian Oglesbee.
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