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Linda Olson traces history of Chinese ceramics

Linda Olson, art professor, will trace the development of Chinese ceramics Monday (Jan. 25) in a Northwest Art Center lecture. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Aleshire Theater.

Olson’s talk, “The Chinese Ceramic Continuum,” will follow Chinese ceramic developments from Neolithic slip-decorated ware through the refined porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, with a look at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army, and an exploration of societal developments that influenced the ceramic continuum. 

“China’s ceramic roots are strong and deep,” Olson relates. “Chinese artisans developed and mastered techniques and artistry that set the standard of excellence in ceramics throughout the world.”

In summer 2016, Olson plans to lead a ceramics-themed study tour of students and community members to China. They will visit ancient kiln sites, museums and important cultural sites including the Porcelain Road and Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (pictured).

Olson currently teaches ceramics at Minot State University, where she has taught since 1990. She is also the director of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association.

The Drake native holds art degrees from Minot State, the University of Montana and University of North Dakota. She is well known for her rock art documentation, and several of her illustrations have been included in publications. 

A question-and-answer session and informal reception will follow the program. The lecture is free and open to the public. This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For questions, contact Avis Veikley, Northwest Art Center director, at


Published: 01/12/16

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