I began my artistic journey on a grade school field trip.  The field trip was to the famous Van Briggle Pottery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  We toured the facility and the highlight of the trip for me was watching a master potter work magic on the wheel.  A lump of clay became a beautiful vessel right before my eyes, it was like magic. I decided then one day I would learn how to work with clay.

I got my opportunity to take my first pottery classes in Manitou Springs, Colorado while I was attending school to become a Registered Nurse.  I loved the classes.  After graduation from nursing school, I purchased a wheel and threw pots.  To improve my skills, I took college level pottery classes which led to countless other college art classes.   While at Loma Linda University in Graduate school, working with clay became too difficult to manage with my schedule so I began making jewelry and painting with acrylics.  After Graduate school, I opened up my own part time pottery studio, made jewelry, and painted.  

When I retired from teaching college, I made art my full-time focus.  In 2010, I attended the Gemological Institute of America’s Graduate Jeweler program.  I created the Red Pearl Art brand to encompass both my jewelry designs and art.  I currently teach art classes in Boulder City, Nevada encouraging people to find their authentic fun approach to making art. I am represented by Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery, Art District Las Vegas, Nevada, and UGallery.com.  My work is also available at the Art Box in Art District in the Las Vegas Container Park and the Boulder City Art Gallery, Boulder City, Nevada.

Linda Shaffer - Red Pearl Art