Artist and Object Maker
Ceramic vessels have an innate human connection. We are the only ones who create things to hold. These familiar objects are a baseline connection to my audience; a place to explore queerness, interpersonal relations, and the labor required for both.
I use stoneware and b-mix to create familiar forms with subtle queer qualities. Making a mix of impulsive and calculated moves, I bend, carve, and combine thrown forms until they feel like a whole.
High-temperature wood firing is also a combination of impulsive and calculated moves. The kiln becomes an expedited version of the earth, adding outside pressure to our works. Surface design is based on the positioning of the pieces in the kiln and how the flames will move between them; the only glaze being the ash built-up from our labors. By finishing these pieces in atmospheric firings, the kiln puts its take on the form such as society puts its take on queer bodies. Unlike people, its impulses and calculations are recorded for all to see.
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.