Lisa Kurtz - Pottery
Lisa throws and handbuilds her clay pieces and often integrates the two methods to create her functional pottery, sculpture and clay wall art. Her ceramic work emphasizes the malleable qualities of clay with lots of texture. By stretching and altering the work while it is still wet, Kurtz welcomes and encourages the “happy accidents” that take place while working in the medium and in the firing process. As an artist and a maker of functional handmade objects, she strives for the human connection between her work and the user of her wares. Says Lisa, “I love the fact that people can use my work in their everyday lives. This is especially important to me as a functional potter. My work has evolved slowly over many years and I enjoy fine-tuning those little details in my work that make them favorites for my clients to use everyday.” Lisa’s current clay work explores and emphasizes the contrast between raw, earthy, stretched slabs of clay and smooth and polished wheel thrown glazed forms. Lisa’s clients are often attracted to her work by her colorful combinations of glazes. She mixes up her own glazes, which she is always testing and tweaking to put on her work as it changes and evolves. She uses a white stoneware clay that highlights her colorful glazes and is fired to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Her functional line is ovenproof, microwave and dishwasher safe. Lisa hopes that you enjoy her pottery as much as she enjoys making it. She says that if she can impart just a little bit of that joy to you, it is all worth it!