Linda Chidsey

After a 30 year career in information technology, Linda’s focus, time, and energy has taken a major shift to creating vibrant Raku sculptures, wearable jewelry art, and unusual copper creations. From a relatively simple palette of raw materials consisting of clay, copper, and natural stones, she strives to create unique jewelry, pottery, and sculptural forms. Linda often combines more than one of her media in a single piece of sculpture.

Linda takes every opportunity to explore new concepts and ideas to create one of a kind artwork.  All of her pottery is hand molded and no two pieces are alike. She uses the Raku firing process to make her ceramic sculptures. This is an ancient technique that involves removing the pottery from the kiln, glowing with bright red heat and placing it into a reduction chamber filled with combustible organic material like newspaper, wood shavings, or leaves. The pottery ignites the materials resulting in an oxygen deficient atmosphere that robs oxygen from the clay creating unpredictable smoke patterns, and spectacular metallic and lustrous effects. Raku is an exciting process, exciting for the artist and spectator alike. There is fire, smoke, and water but the best part is the beautiful and unique pottery that emerges from the ashes. Again, the unpredictability of her media contributes to create unique beautiful art.

Her copper sculptures are extraordinary contemporary sculptures made from various sized tubing which she bends, hammers, and manipulates until she is satisfied with the final form which evolves as she works with her raw materials. Her forms are varied but some reoccurring shapes are circles, swirls, curves, and even spheres. She uses several techniques to apply surface treatments to highlight certain areas and add more interest and create a variety of values that move your eyes around the sculpture. Most often her surface treatments involve polishing and patinas and many of her pieces include elements from her Raku pottery.

Linda was presented Best in Show awards for multiple years for Sculpture and for Mixed Media for the Dallas Business Council Corporate Arts Competitions.  Linda’s work has been exhibited in numerous art shows and galleries throughout Texas and the Southwest including the Denton Art and Jazz Festival, ArtsGoggle,  Plaza of the Americas, the Cohn Drennan Contemporary Gallery, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Muzeion Gallery, Fort Worth Music Festival, Huffhines Art Trails, the American Airlines Center, Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gaylord Texan Resort, Stage West Theatre, UT Health Sciences Center Gallery and LuminArte Gallery.  Linda was the featured artist in several galleries and events throughout Texas and was named a People’s Choice Winner at the Flower Mound Independence Festival.  Her art has been awarded numerous accolades by Texas professional organizations including the Visual Art Society of Texas, the Texas Sculpture Association, the Grapevine Art Project, Lewisville Visual Arts League, Plano Art Association and the Texs Visual Art Association.   Linda was selected to participate in the Super Bowl ArtBowl, Cloud 9 Art Gala, Jesuit School Museum's ArtQuest, Love for Kids Palette to Palate, Special Abilities of North Texas, the Champions for Children’s Advocacy Gala, Empty Bowls, the Museum of Biblical Arts and Dwell with Dignity charity events.  She also participates in the Cross Timbers Artist Guild and McKinney Artist Studio Tours.  Linda's art was featured in editions of the Dallas Fine Art Engagement Calendar and highlighted in various publications.  Linda is a member of the Texas Sculpture Association, the Texas Pottery and Visual Art Society of Texas, Visual Art Society of Texas, the Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild, Lewisville Visual Arts League, Cross Timbers Artist Guild, the Texas Artist Coalition, and the McKinney Music and Arts Guild. She was selected for membership in the Art Professionals of Texas and the Worldwide Association of Female Professionals and served on the Highland Village Public Art Advisory Board.

Linda’s art is available at the Dallas World Trade Center in Ethan and Associates in Showroom 11006 and in Pettigrew USA Fine Furnishings located at 1805 Market Center Boulevard in the Dallas Design District.  Her wearable jewelry art is featured in McKinney at Art on the Veranda, and Hello Daffodil in Flower Mound and the Fort Worth Community Art Center's ArtShop.   Linda’s art and wearable jewelry art are featured at An Artisans’ Haven at Vagabond Treasures at 4236 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth, Open House Boutique at 2801 B Justin Road in Flower Mound and the ART House at Highland Village located at Highlands Ranch, 6100 Long Prairie Rd #800 in Flower Mound.

Please contact Linda at 214-783-5193 to schedule an appointment to view her wearable jewelry art, Raku sculptures and copper creations or to participate in a complimentary Raku firing.