Linda Dangoor LSDC
Linda Dangoor hand builds her pieces in earthenware, stoneware or porcelain. She sometimes experiments with different clays that she wedges together to achieve a less uniform appearance. She use glazes sparingly because she likes to see the rawness of the clay body. Most of her pieces are non-functional, sculptural and usually unglazed. She uses oxides, engobes and underglazes and fires in an electric kiln. In the future, Linda would like to experiment with gas reduction firing to achieve different effects. She builds her vessels in layers, and hand building suits the type of work that she does because it is a slow, meditative process which allows her to develop her pieces in stages.
Linda's pots are vessels which have holes and gaps in between the layers; perfect and imperfect containers, evoking the earth’s geology, its rhythmic layers of sedimentation and at times, the body and the feminine. Linda Dangoor's view is that we are all layered creatures, in the same way as the earth body is layered; our past experiences and emotions construct layers of meanings within us making us who we are. Somehow, all these meanings come together in a pot.
Her inspiration comes from nature and all that surrounds her. She is also inspired by the elegant lines and movement of Arabic calligraphy and by women’s fashion dresses, jewellery or textiles. Details of all these work their way into her pieces.
Linda first studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. She went on to do a BA and an MA degree in Graphic Design at the Central School of Art and Design. She worked in the design field for many years and has exhibited both paintings and clay works on many occasions.