Artist Bio / Resume

I am lucky to have begun another endeavor—a second “career”—following my 35 years
as an ESL teacher, teacher trainer, writer and founding director of the English Language Academy at DePaul University, Chicago. Since I was not starting my pottery training at a university MFA program, I attended any workshops that would fit my summer schedule while I was teaching and then after I retired, I tried to go to at least one 2-week workshop each year. These intensive workshops with some of the best potters working today have been my teachers. They are the following:


  • Workshop: Matt Long and Victor Babu. “Soda-fired Porcelain: Craft, Surface & Slip”. Anderson Ranch, CO, July 27 – August 7, 2009,
  • Workshop: John Gill, Andrea Gill. “Hand-building.” Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO. 2008.
  • Workshop: Donna Polseno. “Multiples,” Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO. August 20 – September 1, 2006.
  • Workshop: Walter Ostrom. “The New Maiolica,” Anderson Ranch Art Center, July 9 – 21, 2006
  • Workshop: Anne Hirondelle, instructor. “Form from Function.” Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, August 26 – Sept. 3, 2005.
  • Workshop: Silvie Granatelli ceramics instructor, Isabella Fazzo, chef and instructor, “The Italian Table” La Meridiana, Certaldo and Florence, Italy, June 12 – 23, 2005.
  • Workshop: Sang Roberson, instructor, “Hand building Earthenware,” Penland School of Craft, two-week summer session, 2004.
  • Workshop: Clary Illian, instructor. Laloba Ranch, Colorado Springs, one-week session, July 2004.
  • Concentration: Silvie Granatelli and Leah Leitson, instructors: “Porcelain Pots, Food and Culture,” Penland School of Craft, eight-week session, March 9 to May 2, 2003.
  • Workshop: Julia Galloway, instructor: “Making Pottery,” Haystack School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine, three-week summer session, 2002.
  • Workshop: Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin, instructors, “Pots for the Home,” Penland School of Craft, two-and-a-half-week summer session, 2001.
  • Workshop: Malcolm Davis, instructor: “Shino on Porcelain,” Penland School of Craft, two-week summer session, 2000.
  • Workshop: Kathy King, instructor: “Narrative Like Me.” Penland School of Craft, North Carolina, two-week summer session, 1999.

Shorter Workshops

In addition to the two-week residency workshop, I have attended many one or two-day demonstration workshops given by the following potters. Each has contributed to my finding my voice in clay over the years..

  • Bill Farrell
  • Ian Currie
  • Steven Hill
  • Matt Harris
  • Gail Kendall
  • Ellen Shankin
  • Donna Polseno
  • Lynn Smiser-Bowers
  • Jeff Oestreich
  • Rick Hensley
  • Eric Jensen
  • Don Reitz
  • Tom Turner
  • Sam Chung
  • Ron Myers
  • Ron Myers
  • Geoffrey Wheeler
  • Malcolm Davis

Ongoing Ceramics Classes

I have studied at Terra Incognito Studios, Oak Park, IL, since 1994. My special teachers include Delores Fortuna, Dave Toan, Mary Dye, and Nancy Gardner.



Since studying ceramics myself, I have wanted to know how potters think about their work, how they live their everyday lives, and how they make their pots. I have interviewed several potters and I have been honored to publish articles about them in the following publications.


  • Hillman, Linda. “Gail Kendall: Making Her Mark” September/October 2007, Issue 5, Neue Keramik (New Ceramics, English edition). (Bernd Pfannkuche, Publisher,
  • Hillman, Linda. “Cristina Cordova: Sculptor” in Ceramics: Art and Perception #64, Sydney, Australia, June 2006.
  • Hillman, Linda. “Don Pilcher Reinvented: Georgette and the Rascal Ware Story,” in Ceramics Monthly, November 2004.
  • Hillman, Linda. “Posey Bocopoulos at Terra Incognito” in Clay Times, May 2003.


Conferences, Travel

Since joining the clay community, I have tried to contribute to it and learn from it in any way possible. Here are some of the wonderful experiences I have had on this journey:

  • September 2008: “V Utilitarian Clay Conference” held every four years at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
  • July 2008: “The Language of Craft” Summer conference at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.
  • March, 2008: Trip to Morocco with potters Gail Kendall, Liz Quackenbush and Autumn Cipala. AKAL Conference at Amizmiz. Travel to Marrakech, Safi, Fez to study pots.
  • January 2007: Offered the Jentel Critic Residency (two weeks The Archie Bray Foundation, four weeks the Jentel Residency, Banner, WY) but was unable to take advantage of this residency.
  • July 2006 – February 2009: The Studio Potter board member; Chairman of the Board of Directors, June 2007- February 2009. Coordinator of the auction for 2007 Benefit (4/14/07) at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; coordinator of Studio Potter show and sale of its donated collection of work at the John Molloy Gallery, April 2009.
  • April 2005: The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005, Korea, held in Yeoju, Suwon, Guwanji, Korea. Attended the international exhibitions and visited ten ceramic artists’ potteries throughout South Korea. Group host: potter Arthur Park.
  • September 2004: National Clay Symposium: “IV Utilitarian Clay Conference: Celebrate the Object” at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
  • Regularly attend NCECA (National Clay Educators Conference)
    Kansas City, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Louisville, Phoenix

Freelance Curatorial Work

  • September-October, 2005: Curator “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Staging Great Meals with Pots” (ceramics) at Terra Incognito Gallery and Studios, Oak Park, IL. Opening reception: September 18, 2005.
  • August 2005: Curator “Courses: Soup to Nuts” (ceramics) at Watkins Gallery, Northampton, MA. Opening reception: August 4, 2005.
  • Curator “Dimitri Baldermants: Soviet Images of World War II,” (photography) DePaul University Art Gallery, 1990
  • Curator “The Sioux Wars,” photographs of David Francis Barry, DePaul University Art Gallery, 1989.



  • M.S. Applied Linguistics, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 1980.
  • M.S. Visual Communication, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1975.
  • California Teaching Credential (K-8), San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 1966.
  • B.A. in Art and Art History, San Diego State University, 1965.


DePaul University, Chicago, IL

  • Founder and Director, English Language Academy, 1995-2002.
  • Founder and Director, Summer Institute on Language and Culture, summers, 1992 – 1995
  • Instructor and English Language Specialist, Department of English, 1985-1995. Taught writing.

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Lecturer, English as a Second Language, 1984-1985.

MacCormac College, Chicago, IL

  • Associate Professor, English as a Second Language, 1982-1984.

Central YMCA Community College, Chicago, IL

  • Instructor, English as a Second Language, 1968-1982.

Haile Selassie Secondary School, Gondar, Ethiopia

  • Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, United States Peace Corps, 1967-1968.

Agassiz School, Cambridge, MA

  • Teacher, ESL to elementary school students, 1966-1967


  • Via Sapientiae Award, June 2002, DePaul University’s “highest faculty-staff honor” for furthering DePaul’s mission by increasing access to higher education for hundreds of international students, by founding and directing the English Language Academy.
  • Competitive Research Grant ($2500), DePaul University for work on a travel anthology, Voices of Women Who Travel, May 1994.
  • Competitive Research Grant ($2500), DePaul University to defray permissions costs for Signatures: An Anthology for Writers, 1990.
  • Faculty Travel Grant for travel in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, December 1992.
  • Faculty Travel Grant for travel to Japan, China, Hong Kong, summer 1991.
  • NEH–National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Research Fellowship, The University of Chicago, 1985. Seminar Title: Style and the Structure of Discourse. Director, Joseph M. Williams.


On writing, reading and English as a Second Language

  • Granieri, Lorraine and Linda Hillman. Signatures: An Anthology for Writers. Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, CA, 2000 (textbook).
  • Hillman, Linda H. Reading at the University. Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 1990 (textbook).
  • Hillman, Linda H. and Barbara Kessel. Thinking, Reading and Writing Integrated, Book 1: Organizing Ideas. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1986 (textbook).
  • Kessel, Barbara and Linda H. Hillman. Thinking, Reading and Writing Integrated, Book 2: Making the Connections. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1986 (textbook).
  • Bove, Karen and Linda Hillman. Directory of International Resources, Chicago and Midwest. Chicago: Institute of International Education, 1981.
  • Bove, Karen and Linda Hillman. A Guide to Chicago for Foreign Students. Chicago: Institute of International education, 1975. (Thirteen later editions published.)


  • April 1994. Presenter: “Travel Literature in the ESL Classroom.” Annual State Convention, Illinois TESOL-BE, Chicago, IL.
  • March 1993. Presenter: “Summer Institutes for Language and Culture: A Model Program.” Illinois NAFSA Meeting.
  • March 1993. Presenter: “Good Generative Writing Assignments.” Illinois TESOL-BE Annual State Convention, Chicago.
  • May 1991. Workshop: “Do the Write Thing: A Punctuation Workshop for Exempt Staff.” A three-hour DePaul Human Resources Staff Development Program.
  • March 1991. Keynote address: “Grammar, Writing and the Use of Content.” The Seventh Annual Roundtable on Applied Linguistics, The University of Puerto Rico, Humacao University College, Puerto Rico.
  • March 1991. Paper: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Longevity and Adjunct Faculty.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Boston.
  • August, 1990. Workshop: “Effective Writing workshop.” Seminar on writing for staff at DePaul.
  • July, 1988. Plenary address: “The Communicative Classroom: What it Means for Teachers and students.” Conference on English Language Teaching in Universities, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • March, 1987. “ESL and Basic Writing: Where the Two Merge.” Conference on College and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, session chair.
  • November, 1986. “Essential Reading Strategies.” Northern Area Adult Education Service Center Annual Fall Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • March, 1986. “Thinking, Reading and Writing, Integrated.” International TESOL 86 Convention, Anaheim, CA.
  • March 1984. “Establishing a Short Intensive Summer ESL Program for Visiting Japanese University Students.” International TESOL 84 Convention, Houston, TX.
  • September 1982. “Prediction: A Productive technique for the ESL Reading Teacher.” TESOL/BE Illinois Fall Workshop, Chicago.
  • July, 1982: “Prediction: A Reading Process Intervention Technique.” Fourth Annual TESOL summer Meeting, Northwestern University, Chicago.
  • March 1980. “Formalizing the ESL Curriculum: a Model.” Illinois TESOL/BE Convention, Chicago.


  • Skil-Bosch Power Tools, Chicago, 1994. Language coach for the (German) senior vice president of manufacturing.
  • RTC Industries, Chicago, 1991-1996. Supervise ESL curriculum and teachers for this industry’s Latino workforce. Taught for two years.
  • University of Puerto Rico, Humacao, Puerto Rico, February 1991. In-service workshop for English department faculty: “Teaching Grammar and Writing through the Content Approach: A Framework and Learning Strategies.”
  • University of California, Northridge, CA. October 1991. Invited to present a day-long workshop for the English department faculty: “Good Writing Assignments.”
  • CHP International, Sonsonate and San Salvador, El Salvador, May and July 1989. Teacher training and program evaluation of CAPS (Central American Peace Scholars) program, AID (United States Agency for International Development.)
  • Elementary School Foreign Language Teachers, Oak Park, IL, September 1988. In-service teacher training for elementary school foreign language teachers on communicative activities for the foreign language classroom.
  • The Asia Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka, July-August, 1988. Eight-week contract to deliver teacher training seminars at each of seven Sri Lankan universities on EFL following a plenary address at their national conference for university English teachers.
  • CHP International, Naivasha, Kenya, September – December 1987 and 1989. United States Peace Corps trainer: Served as the technical trainer in English as a Second Language for the secondary school program in Kenya. Provided an intensive ESL teacher-training course for the 1987 and 1989 education Cycle Peach Corps trainees in Kenya. Topics included pedagogy, methods, techniques for the ESL teacher as well as extensive teacher observation, peer and practice teaching in harambe schools.
  • CHP International, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 1987. Peach corps training: Trained Haitian language trainers in classroom methods (techniques and principles), testing, culture-in-language, evaluation and material design for teaching Haitian Creole to Peace Corps volunteers.


  • 1998 – 2005, Regularly attended the following professional meetings:
    • International TESOL Convention
    • The College Conference on composition and communication (CCCC)
    • The University of Chicago Institute on Higher Order Reasoning
  • 1985 – 1999, Regularly wrote grant proposals individually and as a team at DePaul responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from USIA
  • Copy Editor, Illinois TESOL/BE Newsletter Committee, 1984 – 1986.


  • NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors)
  • TESOL (Teachers of English as a Second Language)
  • Illinois TESOL/BE
  • CCCC (College Conference on Composition and communication)
  • National Association of Returned Peach Corps Volunteers


  • Beverly Hills University Club (a scholarship foundation which raises money for university scholarships for students by producing one musical each year.)
  • Executive Producer 1990, Oliver!
  • Associate Producer 1989, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Business Manager 1988, Bye Bye Birdie
  • Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Mary Barthelme Homes for Girls
  • St. Ignatius College Prep Parents’ Club
  • Chicago Youth Centers volunteer chair for panel of judges for M. L. King Jr. essay contest
  • Facilitator for Café Society, The Public Square, Chicago 2002 – 2005


  • Ceramics: Art and Perception. Issue 64, 2006. “Cristina Cordova, From the Inside Out.”