Lindsay Oesterritter is currently a full-time studio potter in Manassas Virginia. She is a co-president of the Studio Potter Board and co-organizer of Southern Crossing Pottery Festival held in her hometown of Louisville KY. Most recently in 2021 Lindsay was awarded an Innovation Award from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen from a piece juried into the Strictly Functional Pottery National. In 2020 she published her first book, Mastering Kilns & Firing. She earned her MFA from Utah State University in Logan Utah. She held the position of Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Western Kentucky University (2009-2015) and earned Associate Professor in 2015. Lindsay had the fortune to be a resident artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg and in Australia at Strathnairn Arts Association. She has had the opportunity to lead workshops, curate exhibitions, lecture and exhibit nationally and internationally and is continually inspired by the craft community.
My work is inspired by the inseparable relationship between time and place, and form and surface. I work in an intentionally straightforward manner, choosing the clay and combination of processes for the marks that will be left behind. The processes of making are recorded on the surface of the object and begin to reveal the qualities of the material and tell a visual story. Utilizing the wood firing process and reduction cool techniques I continue to highlight form and surface variations, and reference the slow and continuous passage of time. Through wood firing, the form and surface become unique to the singular object.