Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella
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  • Metuchen, NJ
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Organization or Business Name
Earthsongs Ceramic Studio
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Art Interests
3-D Design, Arts Ministry, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Liturgical Design, Public Art, Sculpture
Artist / Personal Statement
A native of Baltimore, MD living in Central New Jersey for 25 years, I have been involved with Art all of my professional life. With an M.F.A. in painting and ceramics, my major creative work has been ceramic wall sculpture, with a focus on depth of color and a rich,
painterly surface.

Over the past seven years or so, I have begun to experiment,
incorporating found objects and fused glass with the ceramic
components. Additionally, I work to create a sense of motion in the
sculpture; my current work is much about the interaction of living

For me, clay is not merely “ the material that I use”, but a
genuine co-creator of the objects. Working with clay is a relational
experience that is extremely important to what I do and how I create. I
stand as creature with creature in this making process in a very collaborative and feminine approach.

What’s more, I see my current work related to the very earliest forms that we call “art”, objects that are a functional and beautiful part of ordinary life, work that enlivens a space in the more recent traditions of Tiffany, the Arts & Crafts movement and Frank Lloyd Wright. Because of that, my moveable ceramic tiles and murals as well as ceramic sculpture for permanent installation is often designed in partnership with homeowners and those developing corporate and public spaces.
Accomplishments / CV
Professional Artist
1992 - Present Earthsongs Studio, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Co-Owner, Artist and Teacher
2001 - 2007 Gallery of the Edison Arts Society, Sheraton-Edison Hotel, Director
1986 - 1990 Canticles in Clay Studio, Aston, PA 19014. Manager and Ceramic Artist

Art Educator
2009-Present Arts Unbound, Ceramics Instructor w/physically & mentally challenged
2007 Middlesex County College, Fine Arts Dept., Adjunct Professor, Ceramics
1988 - Present Many workshops and classes in the Studio, in Schools
1992 - 1998 St. Peter’s Schools, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Art Director,Visual Arts
Instructor Grades 9-12; Director, Elizabeth Anne Seton Gallery.

Educational Background
Continuing Ed NCECA Convention, Baltimore, MD (2005)
Architectural Ceramics Workshop with Peter King, Alexandria, VA (2001)
1984 MFA Ceramics and Painting, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
1970 BA English, Neuman University, Aston, PA

Selected Exhibits:
2010 Ceramics Invitational, Museum of the City of Trenton, Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ
2010 “Heraclites” Winter Exhibit, Straube Center, Pennington, NJ
2010 “Canticles in Clay: Through the Healing Flame” Two-person exhibit, Marriottsville, MD
2009 “Frogs, Friends, and Fireplaces” One-Person Exhibit, Palmer Museum, Springfield, NJ
2009 “Asking for the Fire…” Exhibit of Ceramic Wall Works Westerhoff Gallery, Metuchen, NJ
2009 “Avenue of the Arts”, juried by Michael Graves, West Windsor, NJ
2009 “Earthy Gems”, Invitational Exhibit, Watchmaker’s Daughter Gallery, York, PA
2009 “From a Slab of Clay”, Juried Exhibit, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
2008 “Bridging the Space Between”, Invitational, Montclair Cultural Center, Montclair, NJ
2007 “What’s New?” Juried Members Show, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
2007 “A Meditation on Water”, One-Person Show, J & J World Headquarters., New Brunswick, NJ
2006 NJ Arts Annual, Statewide Juried Exhibit, Morris Museum of Art, Morristown, NJ
2006 “The Summer Show”, Invitational, Gallery at the Mill, Lafayette, NJ
2006 “Mixing It Up”, Juried Members Show, Studio Montclair, Inc, Montclair, NJ
2006 “Masks, Visages, & Veils”, National Juried Exhibit, Artisans Center of VA, Waynesboro, VA
2006 “Connections” National Juried Exhibit, Ben Shahn Galleries, Wm. Paterson University, NJ
2005 “Taboo” International Juried Exhibit, Studio Montclair, Makeready Press Gallery, NJ
2004 “WomanSpirit”, a One-Person Exhibit, Ocean County Artist Guild, Island Heights, NJ
2004 Featured Artists Program, One-Person Show, G.J. Cloninger Gallery, Morris Plains, NJ
2004 “WomanSpirit”, One-Person Exhibit w/slide lecture, Montclair Cultural Center, Montcl, NJ
2004 15th Annual NJ Small Works Show, Juried, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ
2004 NJ Arts Annual, “Cache” Juried Exhibit, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2003 14th Annual NJ Small Works Show", Juried, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ
2002 Opening Exhibit, Invitational, Baltimore Exchange Co. Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2002 One-Person Show at Education Testing Services, Conant Hall Gallery, Princeton, NJ
2001 "Interiors" National Juried Exhibit, Gallery 321, Montclair, NJ
2000 “Intricacies” Juried Work by Members of Cycles, Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

ural, two 6’d. mandalas designed for 200+sq.ft of wall in the new Capital Health Hospital, Hopewell, NJ. Current Commission.
Penrose Tessalation Bathroom Installation: Floor & Mural, residential commission, Metuchen, NJ
Tropical Life, mural for shower area, residential commission, Colonia, NJ
Wind & Water, accent tile series for complete Master Bath, with permanent elements
and moveable pieces, private residence, Montclair, NJ
Homage to the See & Wave, (each 24”d) ceramic wall-works commissioned for
Atlanticare Hospital, Atlantic City, NJ
Water and Wind, Residential Bathroom installation, private commission of
multiple works, Montclair, NJ
Rainbow of Peace Mandala, 38”d, commissioned by Franklin Township
Public Schools for Superintendent, created in conjunction with
Homage to Sister Water, Residential Bathrooom installation, private commission
with multiple elements, Metuchen, NJ
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, 24”x36” stoneware mural and backsplash tile series,
Private Residence, Montclair, NJ
Elijah’s Promise Mural, four panels, 45”X53” installed ceramic mural,
commissioned by local social service non-profit, New Brunswick, NJ Children’s Mural (3’x4’ installed ceramic mural) created w/ children at risk in
the Conerly Road School, Franklin Twp., NJ (Grant funded) Buddhist Mandala (36”d. ceramic) moveable wall work, Dharma Drum
Mountain Buddhist Group, New Brunswick, NJ
Peace Mandala, (39”d. ceramic) permanent installation, Somerset Schools Grant, created in conjunction with student group of Peacemakers
Complete kitchen backsplash in handmade tile and floor insets, residential commission
Sculptural Wall Work Series , Doctors’ Suite, commissioned by Dr. Joseph Carluccio, Montclair, NJ
Residential Outdoor Sculpture (3’x2’) (installed ceramic mural on exterior of home), Highland Park, NJ
The Quest Brightened (ceramic mural 1'x31/2') commissioned for Professional Office in Highland Park, NJ
Wandering Stream Rondo (ceramic, 2' d.) commissioned for therapist’s office, Highland Park, NJ
Carpe Diem Mural (3 1/2'x3' ceramic mural) Private Residence, Metuchen, NJ Handmade ceramic tile designed for kitchen backsplash, new home, Ireland Ceramic Mirror Surround, permanently installed, private residence
Interior for the Mexi-Café, Metuchen, NJ: two tile mirror surrounds
6'X6', "The Moon in Paradise" 3 1/2' X 3' ceramic mural, "Pillowed Sun", 3
1/2' x 3' ceramic mural, and additional decorative elements. The Quest II (ceramic mural 3 1/2'x4') commissioned by Liberty
Property Trust, Corporate Entryway, Mt. Laurel, NJ Virtual World Rondo (ceramic mural 31/2' x4') commissioned by
Liberty Property Trust, Corporate Entryway, Mt. Laurel, NJ Mary, Mother of the Earth (ceramic mural 6 1/2’x9 1/2’) Paul VI High
School, Fairfax, VA
Tabernacle and Setting (mural 17”x10”) Antigua, West Indies
The Canticle (ceramic mural 19’x7 1/2’) Franciscan Health System , Aston, PA
Quest for Excellence (graphic design 8”X10”) logo for Catholic Diocese of Metuchen Education System, Metuchen, NJ
Flight (watercolor 8”x10”) purchased, printed and distributed as a Christmas card by Amnesty International

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Nails in the Wall Celebrates "Sacred Round" with Sufi Dervishes

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 7:37pm 0 Comments

“You’re like a Whirling Dervish…!”  You may have heard that phrase spoken to someone who was rather aimlessly twirling and rushing around, but the truth is, while Dervishes are real, their ‘whirling’ is hardly aimless.




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Mar 7, 2012 - 1 comment(s)

I believe working with clay does put me uniquely in touch with the earth. It gives insight into many aspects of what it means to be human. It’s no wonder so many cultures, and religions have seen the first humans a “made from clay”.…


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At 5:39pm on March 15, 2017, Louise A. Tessier said…

Hello Linda

I have been on a sabbatical for the past 6 years so I am now transitioning into "the next phase".  Thanks for connecting after all these years.  If you haven't checked out my Etsy Shop (GardenRhymesStudio), please give it a look.  I just posted my work in the last month. I will take a look at your website in the next few days. Take care, Louise

At 6:02pm on February 19, 2017, Julie Marie Quinn said…
Thank you for the exhibit information linda! I am definitely interested in being included. Where is this gallery located?
Julie Quinn
At 3:55pm on February 17, 2017, Daniel Johnson said…

Hello Linda, 

Thanks for the heads up. I attempted to look at the prospectus, but I cannot find a link that works which will take me to the show. Could you post a link for me. Alternatively, my email is

At 1:44pm on February 17, 2017, Robyn Sand Anderson said…

Linda, I will take a look at this possibility. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

At 10:47am on February 17, 2017, Rebecca Stahr said…

Hi... sorry to bother you again. I just looked at the prospectus. Was the deadline yesterday? I'm sorry I had just seen this.

At 10:46am on February 17, 2017, Rebecca Stahr said…

I just looked at the prospectus. Did the deadline end yesterday?

At 9:32am on February 17, 2017, Rebecca Stahr said…

Thank you. I will look into it.

At 8:49am on October 13, 2014, Philip McMullen said…

Hi Linda, I was just looking at your work - and very impressed  - I happen to have an affection for steampunk and I agree with your assessment of it and its possibilities for serious art/craft. And yes I might well make an submission soon - thank you for your consideration. Warmest regards,



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