Lisa comes to Tasmania from Seattle, Washington, USA. Her love affair with clay began in 1978 when master potter in residence, Dean Schwarz taught her in high school. She followed Dean to Luther College and South Bear Design School where she studied full time to learn the Bauhaus tradition of pottery. The mentor for this school was Master Potter Marguerite Wildenhain, who was one of the first ceramicists at the Bauhaus in Germany.
At age 19 Lisa worked as a production potter in Minneapolis for a year. She became mesmerized with the process of RAKU after a few workshops with Paul Soldner, known as the father of Raku in America.
Lisa obtained degrees in Art, and Geology/Environmental science and 20 years later a degree in Interior architecture. Lisa’s love of the natural world found her immersed in environmental work for 30 years, while pottery became the escape from the real world. She has exhibited in galleries in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Seattle, Mooloolaba and various exhibitions on the Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Lisa spent ten years living in Queensland, where she worked as an award winning interior designer specializing in sustainable design and as a guest lecturer in sustainable interiors at QUT and for the Green Building Council of Australia.
Lisa and her partner have now permanently moved to the Huon Valley where they run a small farm business “Campo de Flori”.
Besides being a studio ceramic artist, Lisa tends the fields of saffron, lavender and olives. Her love of the natural world in her daily life at the farm is captured in her current works of art, which include her amazement with all the little birds that come to play in the wetlands, fields and 40 acres of bush that surround them in the Huon Valley.
Lisa is currently exploring several different clay bodies and glazing techniques, while she builds her new Raku kiln. Raku Pieces to be coming soon. To keep up with what’s next you can follow Lisa’s work at: