Linda Prager

Artist Statement
            
From the first moment I saw a piece of pottery being thrown on a wheel I knew I needed to touch clay.  While initially drawn to the wheel, I quickly became focused on hand building to create pieces that are functional as well as sculptural.  The pieces I make are both architectural and organic in form, expression, and design.  Graphic, contoured, vibrant, tactile, evocative are words that describe my work.  My goal is to create art that is approachable - that people want to investigate, explore, and use.  
I lived in New York City for over 35 years, and my work is born from that environment.  The density, noise, colors, and constantly changing scenes of the City have significantly informed the pieces I create.  Now that I am living in North Carolina, my art and creative process are increasingly influenced by the colors and textures of nature, in the quiet sky, open fields, and dense woods.  
Music is another important creative force in my life.  My musical expression is vocal – as a soloist and member of various vocal groups.  Blending voices and harmonies, controlling the shape and color of the notes, and creating a musical story of emotion parallel how I respond to clay.  As when I am singing, in creating with clay, I encounter unexpected notes, harmonies, and phrasing, using these to tell my story.
My art is personal in both the creation and the expression, but at the same time I need other people to see and hear it.