About Linda Speranza
Ceramics has been a part of my life since I was a child. The plasticity of the medium has always attracted me and has always been a center point of my work. I have been teaching at Mesa Community College for the last 35 years and have found great joy in teaching the subject that I love.
The students have been wonderful and willing to jump in and learn and grow and explore, it has been such a learning experience for me to work with them. I have learned as much about teaching as they have about ceramics. I put my heart into being as good a teacher as I possibly could be. I always continued my own ceramic work; especially developing glazes something I find fascinating and exploring both form and construction techniques. Teaching also gave me a new area of intense interest to explore, the formal study of the creative process. There is another page to explain more about that, if you which to learn about that exciting adventure in my life.
However in 2016 I built a studio at my home for the first time. It renewed my personal artwork and I found the private space produced an enormous period of growth in my work. I found the years of work on glaze development and the skills I built making large and unusual forms allowed me total freedom to build exciting and difficult pieces. Most importantly it gave me the skills to work with a freedom that allowed the soft and plastic nature of the clay to be a focal point of the work.
I attended the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and received the training and learning that has allowed me to move freely in both the technical world of ceramics and in the creative process. The four years there were a joy.
I then opened a studio in New York State and for three years I made hand built dinnerware. I was ahead of my time, at that time people were still more into regular shaped ceramics and my softened edges and slightly irregular shapes were not big sellers. On top of that I found I really craved more interpersonal connections then could happened working to fill orders and to sell them so I could stay alive. I decided to go back to graduate school so I could teach at the college level. I was lucky to get into Arizona State University with a full scholarship and the three years there gave me the foundation for a lifetimes work in sculptural vessels.
Functional inferences in my work allude to the history of ceramics as the historical medium of choice for utilitarian pieces. Something that no other medium can provide so affectively, yet I am a part of my time and culture and feel no need to make the forms actually function. They are homage to that history.
Currently I live in Buckeye Arizona, in a beautiful setting with an amazing view of the White Tank Mountains. In some sort of twist of fate my house and studio sit on an ancient Native American site and everyday I can pick up shards of pottery. It grounds me and lets me know that in a very real way I am a modern day extension of the ceramic tradition. I am connected to the heritage of place I live. Not as a Native American, I am not, but as a ceramic artist of my time.