Near Southside, Inc. Near Southside, Inc.


Magnolia Village

Block 3

Linda Chidsey

Linda Chidsey Designs

I create 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, I strive to create unique jewelry, pottery, and sculptural forms. I often combine more than one of my media in a single piece of sculpture. I take every opportunity to explore new concepts and ideas to create one of a kind artwork. All of my pottery is hand molded and no two pieces are alike. I use the Raku firing process to make my ceramic sculptures. This is an ancient technique that involves removing the pottery from the kiln glowing with bright red heat and placed into a cold 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 that uses fire, smoke, and water to create beautiful and unique pottery that emerges from the ashes.