Linda Sawtelle

Linda Sawtelle

Craftmaker - Designer - Visual Artist - Ceramic Artist


   43 Ridge Ave, Mill Valley, CA

All my life I have loved arts and crafts, starting at an early age doing craft classes, sewing, candle making, leather tooling and drawing and painting. When I was 20 I came to California and lived in Noe Valley in San Francisco. I was walking down Church Street one day and passed a ceramics studio at 26th Street where the owner, Jerry was standing outside. We got to talking and I told him I would love to take a class but since I was unemployed I could not afford it, but maybe I could trade something. So he had me sweep the studio and mix glazes for him and that got me started – and off I went. I have never stopped working in clay.

In 1984 I ended up going back to college at San Francisco State to finish my undergraduate degree in art, studying sculpture with my hero Stephen De Staebler and ceramics with David Kuroka. My work is mostly hand built sculptures and each piece is unique. I love textures and organic forms, usually letting the clay speak through me.