A Conversation with Lindsay Pichaske, a Fine Art Ceramicist

What do you think of when you hear the word “ceramics”?  Bowls, plates—lamps, perhaps?  No matter what comes to mind, I doubt you have conjured up images of the amazing clay sculptures produced by Maryland Hall Artist in Residence, Lindsay Pichaske.

I first met Lindsay when we became Artists In Residence (AIRs) at the same time, a little over two years ago. She is always on the go, and since I have known her she has consistently produced pieces she ships off to the galleries that show and sell her work, both in Chicago and at Miami Basel. Meanwhile, she also travels north to teach at the esteemed Maryland Institute College of Art, or MICA, and south to teach at the College of Southern Maryland in LaPlata. And recently, she gave birth to the now 18-month old Max, who is beloved by all the AIRs.

From the start, I could tell Lindsay was a well-established and very focused artist, and I immediately fell in love with her work. Each life-size animal she creates possesses an amazing presence, whether it is an immense orangutan or a graceful and elegant deer-like creature. But I don’t want to describe her work; it is best to hear it in her own words and to learn from her how it all began.

Patrice Drago, Blogger
Patrice Drago

Patrice Drago is a full-time artist and freelance writer with a lifetime of experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Growing up in hotels up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida she used her artistic and journalism skills to create a unique and adventurous career with Marriott International. Moving to Annapolis in 2002, she began a slow transition to focus solely focus on producing, writing about and supporting art and the art community. Patrice is an Artist In Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and she exhibits and sells her work in Maryland, New York and Maine. She writes the monthly Gallery Column for the Annapolis Capital newspaper, is an officer on the Boards of Directors of MFA (Maryland Federation of Art), and the newly revitalized Annapolis Arts District. Contact Patrice at: or