We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Browning and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lindsey, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I got in the habit of saying “yes” to everything I could, while I could. I looked at every new opportunity as a door cracking open, no matter how small, into the world I wanted to be in. This process of saying yes made me very optimistic and granted me serenity in new. The enthusiastic yes is something people remember and when your just getting your foot in the door you have to put in the time and energy to develop these relationships within your desired community.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a recent graduate from Texas State University living in San Marcos Texas. I focus on the soft undulation that is possible through clay with both functional and sculptural work. As a sculptor, my work is dedicated to the simultaneous femininity and strength that is available through the manipulation of clay. This strength is also present in the substantial and robust quality of my functional ware. I aim to find the feminine within the parameters of function. In the past few years, I’ve has been involved with the Dogagama Wood firing train kiln at The Eye of the Dog. Though this experience, I’ve learned what it means to be a new member of an established community while learning the tradition of wood firing. This new avenue has opened a world of possibilities for my practice and allowed me to connect to an established community. I’m especially thankful for the women in my life that have given me opportunities to thrive in this community. It is an important goal to help bring the next generation of women into the ceramic community so in every new venture when ever possible I strive to reach out to another woman and lift her up with me. I believe that women are meant to support on another and bring each other up when ever possible. As a Woman Studies minor on college, feminism and equality are incredible important to me. I’ve experienced sexism in leadership roles, especially areas of ceramics historically dominated my men. My goal is to break down these boundaries presented to women by lifting up the next generation of strong women artists.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First I would stop off at Feats of Clay in Austin Tx. This little gem has been around for over 40 years and not only hosts over 20 ceramic artist form around Texas they also offer classes and private lessons for any skill level. I would then head over to Armadillo Clay Supply and get them all the supplies they would need to start working with clay! Then, headed south I would stop off at Inspired Minds Art Center in Buda TX to check out their latest gallery exhibition and grab a bite at Brooklyns and have a delicious southern comfort meal! I would then show them around the Eye of the Dog Art center and get them checked in at the Inn at the Eye, which is a lovely Air B&B on the property, so they could spend the night under the stars in beautiful San Marcos Tx. I would then take them to The Barn Pottery in Gurene TX to check out yet another slew of professional ceramic artists work. We would have to eat at the Gristmill in Gurene and have their famous Onion rings for an appetizer! Lastly, I would go into San Antonio and show them around the art district. We would Visit Blue Star gallery, and end up at the Hands Down Bar, an up and coming fine wine bar that partners with local ceramic artists to sell wine cups and goblets alone with a glass.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow! I must give a huge shout out to the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos Texas. Billy Ray and Beverly Mangham have created an oasis tucked between Austin and San Antonio with amazing ceramic artist from all around the country. “Whether you’re a master artist, a novice, or something in between, Eye of the Dog offers classes and workshops that meet you where you are. Ready to explore the crazy idea that you might be creative? Feel the need to rest your mind and refresh your spirit? At Eye of the Dog, you’ll enjoy a non-judgmental, encouraging atmosphere.” This is an excerpt form their website and it is such a beautiful sentiment that rings true throughout this amazing space. I Manage the wood firing program and assist with the gallery at the Eye of the Dog and it is truly one of the greatest places to work! They encouraged, trained, and led generations of young ceramic artist in a non judgmental space and have truly earned the title as the heart of the Texas Ceramics community. You can find them on Instagram, Facebook, or there website to learn about upcoming workshops and classes.

Website: www.lindsey-browning.com
Instagram: @Lindsey.creates
Facebook: Lindsey Browning

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