Lisa Kurtz

Lisa-imageLisa Kurtz has been a professional potter since 1985 when she received a Masters of Art in Ceramics at The University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Lisa started her pottery, Highland Pottery, in the artsy eclectic Highlands neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. She previously taught clay at community colleges including Cleveland State and Pellissippi State and has given clay workshops at craft centers such as the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, Tennessee and Payne Street Pottery in Louisville, Ky. She has been a member of several professional juried guilds, artist associations and boards, including the Foothills Craft Guild, the Ky. Crafts Guild, NCECA, the Ky. Dept. of the Arts Marketing Program, The Knoxville Art Alliance, The New Prospect Craft Center, Tennessee Craft and Terra Madre. An award winning ceramic artist, Lisa’s clay work has been exhibited and sold in galleries and shops across the U.S. and in national and regional juried fine art shows and craft fairs.

Lisa throws and hand builds her pieces and often combines the two methods to create her functional pottery and clay wall art. Her work highlights the malleable qualities of clay by emphasizing texture and form. She welcomes and encourages the happy accidents that occur while working in the medium and in the firing process. Most of her work is altered while still wet to let the intrinsic beauty of the clay itself be a part of her work. As an artist and a maker of “handmade” objects, one of her goals is to make forms that invite human interaction.

“My favorite part of working in this medium is that people can use my work in their everyday lives. This is especially important to me as a potter. Whether people use my pots in everyday rituals or celebratory meals, that connection to their life through my art is what keeps me going. Even my large sculptural vases, bowls and wall pouches are made to be used and enjoyed.”

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