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Lynne McCarthy

Ceramic Sculptures & Vessels

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salt fired, tenmoku glaze

15"H x 5"W x 4"D


Photo by Geistlight Photography



natural wood ash glaze


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Photo by Geistlight Photography



natural wood ash glaze

15"H x 7"W x 5"D

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Photo by Geistlight Photography



natural wood ash glaze

17"H x 6"W x 6"D

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Photo by Geistlight Photography

Artist Statement

The artistic dimension of the work resides not only in the form but also in the decoration. Feminine figures are sculpted from high fire clay using simple, hand-fashioned modeling and then wood, salt or fume fired. During wood firing, sculptures are left unglazed allowing the clay body to react with the prolonged heat, flame, and wood ash. The ancient firing process and the unique finish celebrate not only the elemental nature of the work but the depth and beauty of the subject matter. When pit or saggar firing, pieces are exposed to various combustibles, the fumes of which create a multitude of colors and designs. Recently I have explored salt firing using a tenmoku glaze.

My goal in working with the feminine form is to explore the most elemental yet global nature of womanhood. Discovering our essential nature and finding purpose in our lives is an experience shared by women of all colors and creeds. It is communicated in the work we do, the art we create, and the joy we celebrate. I hope to give expression to the flavor of our essence - rich and meaningful, fierce and nurturing, ever unfolding, mysterious and sensual. These women are embodied, they are real, serenely detached yet bound to the earth. They are inherently beautiful and indelibly connected.



Taos, NM






University of Windsor, Ontario

Master of Human Kinetics, 1978

University of Minnesota

27 Credits - Fine Arts/Ceramics


UNM, Taos, NM

Chair, Physical Conditioning Dept., 2010 - present

New Heart, Inc., Albuquerque, NM

Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Cardiac Rehab, 2001 - 2008

North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN

Faculty, Physical Education and Health, 1990 - 1996

Mankato State University, Mankato, MN

Faculty, Department of Health Science, 1986 – 1989

North Park State University, Chicago, IL

Assistant Professor, Department of Science, 1976 - 1983


February 12 - March 9, 2010

"National Open Small Works", National Association of Women Artists

New York, NY

June 25 - 27, 2010

New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair

Albuquerque, NM

April 30 - May 1, 2011

Contemporary Clay Fair

Santa Fe Woman's Club

July 8 - August 13, 2011


Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM

March 10 - 31, 2012

"Grace", Group Show at Turnstyle Gallery

112 Camino De La Placita, Taos, NM 87571

opening reception 3/10/12 5-7 pm

May 26 - June 3, 2012

Exhibition - "First Cutting: Halfway to Nowhere"

Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

opening reception 5/26/12, 6-8pm

August 27 - October 31, 2012

Exhibition, "Autumn Splendor"

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, Taos, NM

Featured artist

November 1, 2012

Women On Art

a blog/website on expressive arts, the emerging self and living life

November 17, 2012 - January 2, 2013

Exhibition at ArtLA Gallery

Bergamot Station Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA

opening reception 11/17/12 6-9 pm

May 17, 2013

Mountain Living Studio - Opening Reception

Manitou Springs, Colorado 719-685-0225

July 27, 2013

Opening Reception - 6pm

Logan Wannamaker Pottery


October 5 - November 9, 2013

Artifacts from the Inferno

Baltimore Clay Works

Full Circle - Juried by Jack Troy

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