Lisa York creates ceramics for special occasions and daily use. She received her MFA from University of North Dakota, and has worked at multiple art residencies and projects internationally. Her functional ceramics have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Lisa York’s current art studio is located by Hartford, CT.
CC: To begin, in one sentence, sum up what your work is about.
LY: I make pottery for special occasion and daily use, and the varied surfaces, line, and circle patterns on the work are inspired from travel and time out doors.
CC: Tell us about your education background or major career accomplishments.
LY: I studied art at University of North Dakota, Hood College, Houghton College, and apprenticed with Kevin Crowe at Tye River Pottery.
I was an artist-in-residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, and the Residency for Ceramics, Berlin, Germany.
In Tanzania, I started a ceramics program at of Neema Crafts, an organization that trains people with disabilities to become skilled artisans. Likewise, I worked with a similar program in Chichi, Guatemala for a short-term project.
My functional ceramics, have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
CC: What opportunities have been important to your artistic career?
LY: Education and adventures that inspire of the look of my work.
CC: What project or future project are you excited about?
LY: Incorporating more wood working as my new studio has more space to have more of my wood tools set up.
CC: Tell us about your studio practice. What’s most important to you?
LY: Working in series. My work slowly evolves from previous work I have made.
CC: What are 3 artists that you look up to and why?
LY: Mentors: people I have studied under.
Catherine White, her use of sketchbooks, and playfulness of altering her pottery out of the round.
Helen Otterson, her use of mixed media and she encouraged me to incorporate other materials into my work.
Kevin Crowe, his amazing pottery… but more so him as a person and balance of life and work.
CC: Finally, tell us about your favorite studio mug (made by another artist)
LY: My Stephanie Wilhelm mug with a portrait of my dog maple.
Find more information about Lisa York on her website https://www.lisayorkarts.com/ and on instagram at @lisayorkarts.