Artist Bio

Linda-HeissermanLinda started her love of clay when she went school at an all girl’s two year college that happened to have a ceramics department.  She took clay as an elective and became hooked.  She lived in the studio every chance she had.  She continued with her love of ceramics at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a BFA in ceramics, weaving and glass blowing.  Linda loved ” having my hands in mud, or playing with different textured fabrics or getting my face burnt at the glory hole of the glass studio, with an occasional English class thrown in”  One of her teachers was Jack Earl.  He made sculptures in porcelain clay. ” There was something about the whiteness of the clay and the ability to use it as a canvas or a sculpture which caught my heart.”

Linda’s work has been shown in the Virginia Art Museum 1972; Central Oregon Community College Art Show: Real Mother Goose Teapot Show 1992 and the  Oregon’s Governor’s Mansion 2009/2011.  Her work has also been juried into fine craft shows in ; Portland, Or., Seattle Wa., San Francisco, Ca., Sun Valley, Id., Salem, Or., Couer d’Alene, Id. Tempe Az., Bellevue, Wa.,Los Angeles, Ca.  Photos of Linda’s work can be found in “500 Vases”, published by Larks Books 2010. She is also included in Oregon Hazelnut Country, a cook book written and illustrated by Jan Roberts Dominguez in 2010

Linda lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, son, two dogs and two cats.   She is co owner in a fine arts and contemporary crafts gallery called Red Chair Gallery.