Lisa is fortunate to have been raised by parents who fostered every creative impulse she ever had; consequently, she enjoys painting, sewing, cooking, collage, writing bad haiku and singing worse karaoke. It was clay, however, that completely stole her heart and hands.
While in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lisa studied both fine arts and Spanish language. She traveled throughout Mexico which greatly influenced her ceramic work at the time. She produced sculptural, “barely functional” coiled and pinched vessels that evoked her fascination with early Mesoamerican pottery and sculpture.
Ceramics would take a backseat to linguistic and educational pursuits for nearly 8 years. After earning a master’s degree in Applied Linguistic followed by a K-8 teacher’s license, Lisa took a job that she loves teaching reading and math to 4th- and 5th-graders at Sandburg Elementary School.
Clay worked its way back into Lisa’s heart in 2012 when she took a night class at a Madison School Community Recreation Center, and then wondered why she’d ever stopped playing in the mud. She currently (and happily) leads a dual life: teacher by day, artist by night. It's a pretty good gig.
While a good deal of my current work is thrown on a potter’s wheel, my first love is hand-building. There is just something irresistible to me about the impression left on clay—whether intentional or incidental—that evokes a feeling of pliability and plasticity, long after the piece has been fired to a hard and durable state.
Slabs are the starting place for most of my current work. I nearly always stamp my slabs with bisqued stamps I’ve created myself, and then use those decorated slabs to charge one- and two-piece plaster molds. All work is high-fired stoneware. Stains, latex-resist and commercial decals add variety. While most of the work is functional, visual and tactile appeal are essential; it has to “feel right.”