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Linnis Blanton

What clay body do you use?

"My clay body will fire very well at cone 06 and cone 10:

 4 parts fire clay
 2 parts ball clay
 1 part talc
 1-part kyanite 100 mesh"

Primary forming method?

"My forming method is to throw for 15 minutes, then alter for the next 2 weeks. I like to work on 4 pieces at a time."

Primary firing temperature?

"My primary firing temperature is cone 10. I like to fire down and fire as many times as it takes. I fire until I like it."

Favorite surface treatment?

"My favorite surface is to stretch, push, and pull."

Favorite Tools?

"The best tools are my hands."

Describe your studio environment.

"Working on it.  We recently sold our house and the studio went with it"

How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

"I sell my work at art festivals and art exhibitions."

What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

"My creativity is sparked by travels to connect with my Native American heritage. Strangely enough failure is a motivator because what do you have to loose. 

Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

I thought I was a painter but I got over it.  With clay I was at peace "              

How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?

"I have something to learn from every artist I come in contact with. I have no secrets. I will give it all away, just ask."

    What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

      The best advice that I have been given was to touch the clay every day. Even if it is only with your eyes."

      Website URL and other social media platforms:

      IG:  blantonspottery


      My name is Linnis Blanton and I am an adjunct instructor of art at Lamar University. This is my twentieth year at Lamar and prior I taught thirty years with Port Arthur ISD. I graduated from Lamar with a Bachelor of Science Art Ed. in 1972 and a Bachelor Fine Art in 1976. I was greatly influenced by my professors James Watkins and Sara Waters at Texas Tech University. Another major influence was travels through Chaco Cayon in New Mexico and Sedona, Arizona, and Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colorado, while investigating my Native American heritage.

      I studied and taught meditation which has added an important spiritual level to my work, allowing it to evolve slowly from within. My holistic journey also incorporates something I learned from Robert Rauschenberg “If you do not know where you're going with a piece you might end up in a place that you have never been.” Not knowing is a good place to be, it allows me to give the piece what it needs instead of what I need.

      Artist Statement:

      The plasticity and sensuousness of the clay is the reason I love to make vessels. The clay is constantly recording my touch and thoughts as I express my creativity. A major influence on my work was a trip to New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona to visit sacred sights of the Anastazi Indians. My vessels suggest the natural phenomena of the canyon walls that are transformed from my imagination to the pots surface.  As I work on the vessels that represent the canyon walls, they begin to change into figures. The figures seem to appear as spirits of ancestors. I alter, modify, push, and pull the surface of the clay in an attempt to express a connection of the past and present.


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