Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: Lindsey Dillon

Ceramics is like finding shapes in clouds


When I was 16, my first ceramics teacher told me, “Ceramics is like finding shapes in clouds…they’re just really heavy clouds.”

Ten years and hundreds of pounds of heavy clouds later, working in clay has become both her dreamy pastime and fervent passion. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Art, she returned to Sacramento, where she has been living and working since 2013.

Now, whether she is making functional pottery or ceramic sculptures, whether it is history, myth, and architecture that fuel her work, or the more modern concepts behind character design, clay continues to shape her world, and reveal how the world shapes her.

About Curtis Fest

Curtis Fest returns to William Curtis Park on Sunday, Aug. 27. More than 60 artisans are expected to show their work at the 11th annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park under the beautiful tree canopy. Curtis Fest has become a Sacramento favorite, and many premier artists have joined the lineup this year.

This free, public event includes food from award winning chef Keith Breedlove of the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck along with delicious street tacos from the Turnt Up food truck. John Merriman, Dianna and the Cherry Kings and the Ranell Carpenter Band will perform.

An expanded petting zoo returns this year as well as the climbing station, and the children’s fairy. Curtis Fest will be followed by Music in the Park from 6-8 p.m.

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