Photography by Spencer Backman

 

About

Lindsey M. Dillon is a Sacramento-based ceramic artist who uses the lens of the imaginary to tell stories about human experiences.

Drawing from history, mythology, architecture, and the fields of concept art and character design, she develops narratives that exist in glimpses, both as functional pottery and as figurative sculptures.

Her work extends an indirect invitation to reflect on one’s own experiences, engaging in themes that have tied stories and people together for thousands of years.

She has partnered with several local businesses to help bring handmade ceramic art into people’s lives.


“What makes you dance?“

I can say with some certainty that watching Jurassic Park at age four set me towards being an artist.

Ever since I saw those velociraptors stalk through that kitchen, I’ve been fascinated with what could exist beyond the world we experience day-to-day. A love of dinosaurs led to a love of history, then to a love of mythology, fantasy, and science fiction.

These fields draw me in to this day not only because of the power of story, but also because, to me, they embody the essence of being human: using reality to create the imagined.

We exist in the present, are entwined with the past, and shape our lives and the world based on what we can imagine could be. We dance between the mundane and extraordinary, between stasis and progress, between celebrating the present and striving towards the future, and time plunges us forward no matter which partners we favor.

Exploring that nuanced relationship between what is and what could be is fundamental to who I am, how I approach my work as an artist, and what makes me feel alive.

One aspect of that relationship is no clearer than when I open my kiln after a final firing. Mugs or bowls or maybe a sculpture peer out from the dark interior, sticky mud and chalky minerals turned into stone-like forms and glass-like glazes by the magic of heat and chemistry.

In this moment, each piece feels precious, representing the thousands of hours it took for me to develop the skill and creativity to bring it into existence; it also feels insignificant, a mere brick in the road of a vast ceramic history that spans thousands of years.

As I turn each piece over in my hands, there is as much satisfaction and relief that it has survived its creation as there is a drive and curiosity to make the next one better or to experiment with something new.

Whether I’m making a mug or a sculpture, working in clay feels like engaging in the most rewarding part of being human: savoring progress with an eye towards the future, using what’s in front of me as a guide to what could be.

Through my work, I hope to invite others to do the same.

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Awards and Exhibitions

  • East Bay Clay Juror’s Award in 2019 California Clay Competition

  • 2018 Emerging Artist Award from the Arts and Business Council of the Sacramento Region.

  • Honorary Mention in Blue Line Arts’ America’s ClayFest III in 2015.

  • Expressions of Excellence Award at Northern California Arts Inc. and Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s Bold Expressions exhibition in 2017.

  • Exhibited in 2019 Capital Clay Invitational

  • Exhibited in the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (CCACA) from 2014-2017.

  • Featured in Sacramento News and Review’s article covering CCACA in 2017.

  • Participated in Verge Center for the Art’s Sac Open Studios in 2017

  • Juried into conventions in Sacramento and San Jose.

  • Graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Art in 2013.


Projects

  • Commissioned to create original award sculptures for the California State Library’s Early Learning Initiative in 2017.

  • Partnered with Insight Coffee Roasters to create handmade serve ware for their new location at 720 Kst. in 2018

  • Partnered