Artist and Object Maker
Both my functional and sculptural works are created with their users in mind, curating texture and form to encourage a specific approach. I am interested in how the design of objects influences how it's user understands and interacts with it. I explore how a timeless form can be repurposed and made unique, as well as how changes in perception can open an object to various uses. Any form can become a vessel through the injection of human energy. Can a mug be a container of memories as well as coffee?
I am encouraged by change, both chemically and mentally, and propelled by how the relation of an object to the human body can bring about an understanding. I am interested in the accumulation of “the self” through labor and repetition. Working to explore the ability of a material to record experience and to utilize the material’s physical properties as a way to document time and events in a nonlinear fashion.
Tab Link grew up in Dubuque, IA amongst an amazing support system of family, friends, and art mentors. Always ready to learn something new, Tab pursued their art interests across many mediums and to various parts of the world. Dabbling in everything from blacksmithing to crochet, they found a home in ceramics and began their pursuit of its mastery.
While pursuing ceramics, they graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018 and moved back to Iowa to work with their mentor and studio partner, Gary Carstens.
Today, Link is pursuing art full time; developing their personal studio practice while creating custom commission pieces and teaching semi-private lessons at their studio in Maquoketa, IA. Tabitha also teaches remotely at The Adamah Clay Center in Dodgeville, WI; co-teaching two wood/salt fire workshops annually with Gary Carstens, as well as additional weekend workshops such as Ceramic Jewelry Making.