I was first introduced to Linda Fahey’s work on instagram. And recently, I also had the chance to meet her at the West Coast Craft Fair in San Francisco. Her beautiful ceramics are hand shaped, designed, and decorated – making each piece special and unique. I’m so excited to have Linda on the Artist Series today, and I’m looking forward to checking out her shop in Pacifica in the new year!
How did you become an artist? What was your training?
I know many people say this, I was always an artist. I was the artistic one of the family. Later in life I made it legit and attended the art school in San Francisco. My focus was illustration and graphic design.
What are you working on right now?
Currently, it’s December and I’ve wrapped up my production for Holiday orders and shop orders, so I am taking a break from clay for a month or so and will focus on honing my wood working skills.
Where do you do your work from?
I have a studio+shop space in Pacifica, Ca — a small seaside town south of San Francisco. The shop is a store front curated space and half is dedicated to a work space.
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
I’m a bit of an abstract nut. I’m very interested in the early abstract movement in America, so Diebenkorn, Franenthaler, Pollock, and Clifford Still are always on my mind. Eva Zeisel and Gertrude Vaasguard to name just a couple in ceramics. I could go on and on. Other than that I look at a lot of contemporary work — I find I lean towards the dutch/scandi aesthetic. But many comment on my work trends towards Japanese stylistically.
What are you the most proud of?
I’d have to say that after losing my job deciding to go full time as an artist is what I am most proud of. That was 3+ years ago, so far I am making it work !
What is your most prized piece of art in your home? What is the story behind it?
Tough one. All my pieces are prized – each is important. I have a extensive library, I suppose I’d say that is the thing I covet. I’ve moved those many boxes of books many times and have a hard time parting with even one of them. I have books my grandfather brought over from Italy in 1906 — many classics in italian – early editions, pinocchio in italian — I might have to say that is definitely a prized piece for me.
(all photos courtesy of Linda Fahey)