Lindsay Rogers is a potter, educator, and avid gardener living in the mountains of East Tennessee. She received her BA with a concentration in printmaking from Sarah Lawrence College in 2001 and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida in 2013. Over the years, Lindsay has used her work as a ceramic artist to advocate for a more locally based, sustainable food system. She has participated in collaborations with other artists, chefs, and farmers. Her pottery, writing, and words can be found in a range of publications from books to blogs, magazines, and podcasts. She is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at East Tennessee State University.
As an artist, my choice to create ceramic tableware is a direct response to my relationship with food. For two decades I have worked with clay to develop new solutions to one core question: how can the thoughtful design of handmade vessels encourage a reconnection to the food we eat? Over the years I have answered this question with varying levels of precision. I make work that ranges from utilitarian pottery to very specific presentation vessels that are designed to use the natural beauty of locally grown vegetables as a starting point for their own celebration.
My most recent body of work consists of two series of vessels, Companion Plant Plates & Shadow Plates. Both are a response to my relationship with my garden during the pandemic. Last year, gardening became a lifeline. It allowed for a stable, ongoing conversation with my home space, providing focus at a time when other conversations became more abstract. Because of this, I started 2021 by making work reflective of my garden planning. The altered rim of the Companion Plant plates are silhouettes of lettuce plants that I grew and then cut into the form. The image on the plate's surface is a plant that makes a beneficial neighbor to lettuce in the garden, a practice in sustainable agriculture known as companion planting. The Shadow Plate series are designed while standing in my garden. In the shallow morning light, the shadows of plants I grow are captured on a paper before transfer to the vessels.