Brenda Lichman Biography
Brenda Lichman grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and her M.F.A. in ceramics with a minor in drawing from the University of North Texas in 2002.
In 2008, Brenda curated and organized “Line to Volume”, an exhibition of thirty nationally known ceramic artists for the NCECA conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Brenda was named, “Emerging Artist” from Ceramics Monthly Magazine in May of 2009 and has been published in books such as “Surface Design for Ceramics” and “500 Teapots, Volume 2”.
Currently, Brenda is a studio potter in Wichita, Kansas where she also teaches ceramics, community arts, and drawing at Wichita State University. Her work is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center, AKAR, Sante Fe Clay & the Dallas Pottery Invitational.
Brenda Lichman Statement
Making things is important to me. It is the way that I ground myself and connect to people and the world around me. This is true, whether I am in the kitchen preparing food, or in the studio working on my pots. For me, there’s great satisfaction in creating something from scratch and putting it out into the world for others to enjoy.
It is important to me that my pots carry a sense of having been touched. Working my hands over the entire surface of the piece allows me to physically connect to it, instilling it with my own liveliness and identity. The pots begin on the wheel, and are later altered off the wheel by stretching, massaging, pulling and pushing the clay outwards. This process creates a sense of volume that celebrates generosity and strength.
In most of my work, I accent the form with a thickly applied slip that allows me to create soft, fluid contours. These luscious lines can allude to the graceful movement of a feminine gesture or even to the rich creaminess of homemade hummus or a swirl of melting frozen yogurt. Atmospheric firing intensifies this richness, bringing out the butteriness of a glaze, or adding zest by activating the vibrant color of a flashing slip.
I strive to make beautiful pots that bring balance, energy, and enjoyment to the table.