Brenda Lichman grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where she developed an early interest in art and the handmade object. She received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and earned her M.F.A. in ceramics with a minor in drawing from the University of North Texas in 2002.
Lichman was featured as an “Emerging Artist” by Ceramics Monthly Magazine in May of 2009. Her work was also awarded “Best of Show” in the Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s 2014 and 2015 Empty Bowl Exhibitions, juried respectively by Dan Hammett of the University of Dallas and Patsy Cox of the University of California, North Ridge.
Brenda’s work has been broadly exhibited across the country in notable exhibitions, such as the “23rd Strictly Functional National” in 2015. This year she is honored to participate in“50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics”, and “Heartland Table”, an exhibition project pairing potters with chefs in the Kansas City area as part of the 2016 NCECA Conference.
Her work has been published in books such as “Surface Design for Ceramics” and “500 Teapots, Volume 2”, as well as in the December 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly’s feature article “Brenda Lichman-Balance and Versatility”.
Currently, Brenda is a studio potter in Wichita, Kansas where she also teaches at Wichita State University’s School of Art, Design & Creative Industries. Brenda coordinates the annual “Empty Bowl” fundraising project with the WSU Ceramics Guild, which benefits the Kansas Food Bank. She believes that we can make a difference in our lives and our communities through art, food and pottery.
Her work is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center, AKAR, Plinth Gallery, Crimson Laurel Gallery, and the Dallas Pottery Invitational.