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Artist: Brenda Lichman


Artist: Brenda Lichman
Brenda Lichman, KANSAS
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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 with 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.

BIOGRAPHY
Brenda Lichman grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where she developed an early interest in art and the handmade object.  She received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and earned her M.F.A. in ceramics with a minor in drawing from the University of North Texas in 2002.  

Lichman was featured as an “Emerging Artist” by Ceramics Monthly Magazine in May of 2009.  Her work was also awarded “Best of Show” in the Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s 2014 and 2015 Empty Bowl Exhibitions, juried respectively by Dan Hammett of the University of Dallas and Patsy Cox of the University of California, North Ridge.  

Brenda’s work has been broadly exhibited across the country in notable exhibitions, such as the “23rd Strictly Functional National” in 2015. This year she is honored to participate in“50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics”, and “Heartland Table”, an exhibition project pairing potters with chefs in the Kansas City area as part of the 2016 NCECA Conference.  

Her work has been published in books such as “Surface Design for Ceramics” and “500 Teapots, Volume 2”, as well as in the December 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly’s feature article “Brenda Lichman-Balance and Versatility”.

Currently, Brenda is a studio potter in Wichita, Kansas where she also teaches at Wichita State University’s School of Art, Design & Creative Industries.  Brenda coordinates the annual “Empty Bowl” fundraising project with the WSU Ceramics Guild, which benefits the Kansas Food Bank. She believes that we can make a difference in our lives and our communities through art, food and pottery.

Her work is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center, AKAR, Plinth Gallery & Crimson Laurel Gallery.

EDUCATION
2002 M.F.A., Ceramics, Minor-Drawing, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA

1998 B.F.A., Ceramics University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2010-Present Adjunct Lecturer/Graduate Faculty, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

2006-2010 Adjunct Lecturer, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

2005-2010 Ceramic Lab Technician, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

2003-2005 Instructional Associate & Ceramic Technician, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

EXHIBITION RECORD
(Selected-Solo, Group, Invitational & Juried Exhibitions)

2016 *”Cups of Joy-Invitational” Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, Spokane, Washington

*”Celadon Candy”, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Curator: Wesley Harvey

*Material Mugs: Irons in the Fire- Invitational”, Companion Gallery,

Humboldt, Tennessee

Juror: Justin Rothshank

*“Sustain – From Clay to Table”, MOCA, Jacksonville, Florida

*”Steinfest Invitational”, Claymakers Gallery, Durham, North Carolina

*“Cup: The Intimate Object XI”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida

“2016 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, The Empire Room, Dallas, Texas

“Pour it Up”, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Curator: Wesley Harvey

“Form-Fire- Flux: New works by the WSU Ceramics Department”,

Reuben Sanders Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

“50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics”, American Jazz

Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

Curators: Anthony Merino & Alex Kraft

“Heartland Table”, NCECA, Tom’s Town Distillery, Kansas City, Missouri

Curator: Robbie Lobell

“Across the Table”, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri

Curators: Michael Strand and Namita Wiggers

“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA, Central Exchange, Kansas City, Missouri

“Salt & Pepper Shaker Exhibition”, NCECA, Ladybird Dinner, Lawrence, Kansas

Curator: Ben Ahlvers

“To Set the Table”, Mary G Harding-Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden, Alabama

2015 “Contemporary Ceramics 2015”, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio

Curators: Brad Schwieger & Chuck McWeeny

“The 23 rd Strictly Functional Pottery National”, Market House Craft Center, E. Petersburg,

Pennsylvania, Juror: Matt Long

“Brenda Lichman-Solo Exhibition”, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, North Carolina

“Americano Invitational” AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“Cups: Hundreds of Cups!”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“MFA-Ceramics: Students & Faculty from KSU, WSU &UNL”, Vernon Filley Museum,

Vernon Filley Museum, Pratt, Kansas

Juror: Marshal Maude

“We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”, The Arts Council, Evansville, Indiana

“Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition”, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas

Juror: Dan Hammett

“Cup: The Intimate Object XI”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida

“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Providence, Rhode Island

“2015 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“20th-Faculty Biennial”, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas

2014 “Shino On”, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas

“Stoked, Wood Fired in Tool”, (American Craft Week), Craft Guild of Dallas, Dallas, Texas

Curator: Louise Rosenfield

“Paper Plate”, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas

Curator: Kyla Strid

“Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition”, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas

Curator: Steve Hilton

“Ted Adler & Brenda Lichman”, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

“Cup: The Intimate Object X”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida

“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“2014 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2013 “Cup: The Intimate Object IX”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida

“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, The Gallery-Addison Visitor Center, Addison, Texas

“Endless Variations II: Shino Extravaganza”, NCECA, North Harris-Lone Star College,

Houston, Texas, Curator: Malcolm Davis

“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Houston, Texas

“Texans & Ex’s”, NCECA, Winter Street Studios, Houston, Texas

Curator: Wesley Harvey & Kate Fisher

“2013 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“New Perspectives”, Artworks Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

“Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition”, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas

Curator: Steve Hilton

2012 “Handle with Care”, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Cup: The Intimate Object VIII”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida

“Three Cups”, White, Green, Black, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado

Curator: Adam Field

“Cups, Invitational”, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas

Curator: Ben Ahlvers

“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, The Gallery-Addison Visitor Center, Addison, Texas

“Atmospheric Invitational”, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

Curator: Stephen Robinson

“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Seattle, Washington

“2012 Yunomi Invitational” AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2011 “Cup: The Intimate Object VII”, Charlie Cummings Gallery

“30 X 5 Soda/Salt”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“American Pottery Festival Exhibition”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

“Russell Wrankle-Artist Invite Artist Exhibition”, RLCC Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana

“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Texas

“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Tampa, Florida

“Atmosphere”, NCECA Exhibition, Tampa, Florida

“2011 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2010 “La Mesa Invitational”, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Cups, Invitational”, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas, Curator: Ben Ahlvers

“Featured Artist”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“Luscious, Invitational”, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana

“Potsketch, Invitational”, The Clay Studio of Missoula Gallery, Missoula, Montana

“Art of the Pot Invitational”, Ryan McKerley Studio, Austin, Texas

“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Texas

“2010 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“La Mesa Invitational”, NCECA Exhibition, Marriot Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“FILL-adelphia”, NCECA Exhibition, Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Juror: Sherman Hall

“Texas Teapot Tournament”, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Juror: Cindi Strauss

2009 “Featured Artist”, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

“Featured Artist”, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas

“Cups and Pouring Vessels-Cup Invitational”, Santé Fe Gallery, Santé Fe, New Mexico

“30 x 5 Ceramics Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“Strictly Functional”, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, Pennsylvania

Juror: Pete Pinnell

“2009 Six Pack, Texas Clay Arts Exhibition”, Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, Texas

Juror: Bridget Hauser

“Drink It In, Juried Cup Exhibition”, Jared Michael Branfman Memorial Gallery,

Needham, Massachusetts

“National Juried Cup Exhibition”, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska

Juror: Pete Pinnell

“UNT Reunion Exhibition”, Practical Art Gallery, NCECA Exhibition, Phoenix, Arizona

“Dallas Pottery Invitational”, Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Texas

“Starbrick Clay National Cup Show 2009”, Starbrick Clay Gallery, Nelsonville, Ohio

Juror: Matt Long

“UNT Ceramics”, Frost Center for the Fine Arts, Abilene, Texas

Curator: Steve Neves

“2009 Yunomi Invitational”, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

“International Cup”, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana

Juror: Patti Warashina

“University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition”, Beatrice M Haggerty Gallery,

Irving, Texas, Juror: Dick Hay

2008 “Ceramic Symposium Exhibition: Jake Allee & Brenda Lichman”,

V2 Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

“Clay & Glass Invitational 2008”, Atrium Gallery, Corning, New York

Curator: Fred Herbst

“2008 Ceramics Biennial Exhibition”, New Hampshire Institute of Art,

Manchester, New Hampshire, Juror: Lucy Breslin

“Soda Salt National IV”, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana

Juror: Jim Koudelka

“Clay Space 3, National Juried Ceramics Exhibition”, IBEW Gallery, Warrenville, Illinois

Juror: Simon Levin

“Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate the Object Invitational”, Sandra J. Blain Gallery,

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Invited by Presenter, Daphne Hatcher

“University of North Texas Faculty Exhibition”, College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery,

Denton, Texas

“A South Texas Ceramic Showdown: Extending Influence”, STC Library, McAllen, Texas

“Happy Trials: Wichita State University and UNT Exchange Exhibition”, Shiftspace

Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

“The North American Ceramic Cup Show”, Siena Heights University Gallery,

Adrian, Michigan, Juror: Andy Brayman

“Big Fish Small Pot 3: The Third International Small Teapot Competition”

Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, California

Juror: Guangzhen Po Zhou (Director of the Chinese Ceramic Art Council)

JUROR
2010 San Antonio Potter’s Guild 17 th Annual Juried Exhibition: “Thoughts about Tea”,

Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

CURATOR
2014 “Conscious Clay”, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas

2010 “Multifarious”, Group Ceramic Exhibition, Visual Arts League Gallery, Lewisville, Texas

2008 “Vessels 2008” CSC F Gallery, McLennon Community College, Waco, Texas

2007 “Line to Volume”, NCECA Exhibition, Indiana University Southeast, Barr Gallery,

New Albany, Indiana

AWARDS RECEIVED
2015 “Best of Show”, “Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition”, Wichita Falls Museum of Art,

Wichita Falls, Texas, Juror: Dan Hammett

2014 “Best of Show”, “Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition”, Wichita Falls Museum of Art,

Wichita Falls, Texas, Juror: Patsy Cox

2013 “Honorable Mention”, “Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition”, Wichita Falls Museum of

Art, Wichita Falls, Texas, Juror: Josh Green

2009 “Emerging Artist”, Ceramics Monthly, May 2009

“Merit Award” “University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competition”

Beatrice M Haggerty Gallery, Irving, Texas, Juror: Dick Hay

2007 “Emerging Artist”, Texas Clay Festival, Gruene, Texas

“Outstanding Service Award”, Studio Technician Group, UNT, Denton, Texas

“Star Performer Award”, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

2002 “Emerging Artist Scholarship Merit Award”, The Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair

2001 “Griffin Grip Tec Inc. Award”, From the Ground Up Exhibition

The Richardson Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Juror: Doug Jeck

PUBLICATIONS
2015 2015 Strictly Functional Pottery National, Clay Times, Volume 21, No. 100, 5

2014 “Brenda Lichman-Balance and Versatility”, Ceramics Monthly, December 2014,

2013 500 Teapots-volume 2, Lark books, 229

2012 Yunomi Invitational 2012, Akar Design Catalog, 32

2009 Focus: Emerging Artists, Ceramics Monthly, May 2009 Issue, 40

Clay Times, December 2009, 14

2008 Maureen Mills, Surface Design for Ceramics, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 19 & 114

2007 The Gallery, Clay Times, July/August 2007, 47

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES 
(Lectures, Workshops, Demonstrations, Critiques)

2016 “Empty Bowls-Topical Discussion”, NCECA Conference, Kansas City, Missouri

2015 Workshop& Artist Lecture, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana

“Creative Rush”, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas

“WAM Chatter”, Lecture, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas

2014 “Empty Bowl & Hunger Awareness Panel”, Moderator, Ulrich Museum of Art,

Wichita, Kansas

“Brenda Lichman-Slip & Soda”, Workshop & Lecture, Arvada Center, Arvada, Colorado

2013 “Thick Slip & Altered Pots”, NCECA Process Room Presentation, Houston, Texas

2012 Workshop & Artist Lecture, NE Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas

2011 Ted Adler & Brenda Lichman Workshop & Artist Lecture, Collin County College,

Plano, Texas

2010 Workshop, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

Workshop & Artist Lecture, Richland Community College, Dallas, Texas

Slip Workshop & Artist Lecture, Krueger Pottery, St. Louis, Missouri

Gallery Talk-“Multifarious Ceramic Exhibition”, Visual Arts League, Lewisville, Texas

Workshop, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

2009 Kiln-Building Workshop-Built a 12 cubic Foot up-draft kiln

Fort Worth County Day School, Fort Worth, Texas

2008 Workshop & Visiting Artist Lecture, Desoto Art League, Desoto, Texas

Workshop & Visiting Artist Lecture, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Workshop & Visiting Artist Lecture, Clay on the Wall Ceramic Symposium,

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
artaxis.org, an evolving independent network of artists (juried), Member and Juror

National Conference for the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Member

Wichita State University Ceramics Guild-Advisor

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Empty Bowls Coordinator at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Kansas Food Bank-Volunteer

Girl Scouts of Kansas-Troop Leader

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, North Carolina

AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dallas Pottery Invitational, Dallas, Texas

Reuben Sanders Gallery, Wichita, Kansas

COLLECTIONS
Institutional:
Mercer University Art Collection, Macon, Georgia

Baylor University Ceramic Collection, Waco, Texas

Eastfield College Library Collection, Mesquite, Texas

Private:
Don Reitz-Ceramic Artist, Arizona

Leila Koeppe-Arts Director, Fort Worth Country Day School, Fort Worth, Texas

Stan Cowen & Valerie Knaust, St. Petersburg, Florida

Doctor Robert & Louise Arnold, Lubbock, Texas

David and Louise Rosenfield, Dallas, Texas

Dewayne E. Perry, Austin, Texas

David & Maggie Hiltner

Reuben Sanders

Bob & Liz Workman

 

 

 


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