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Lisa Naples

Lisa Naples

Lisa Naples’ pottery and sculpture is made from terra cotta clay and is handpainted with white and black slip. Wheel thrown, handbuilt, and sometimes slip cast, Lisa’s work always tells stories, with narrative running through form as well as the rich illustrations on whatever surface she may have created

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Lisa Naples at MudFire

Gallery group show Constructed, April 2010


Lisa Naples Artist Bio

Nationally recognized artist, Lisa Naples hand-makes pottery,narrative figures and garden sculpture from her barn in Doylestown, PA. She received her MFA degree in ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, NS in 1988. Exhibitions include the James A. Michener Art Museum, Smithsonian and Phila. Museum of Art Craft Shows as well as national juried shows around the country. Lisa has given lectures about her work andoffered workshops at art centers and universities nationally.

In 2008, Lisa founded the Elephant's Eye Studio Tour. The Touris a Federal non-profit corporation that highlights the contemporary artistic community in Bucks County, PA. In 2005 she was awarded a competitive residency through NCECA (National Council for the Education of Ceramic Artists) at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. This 6 week residencywas a turning point in her life as an artist.


Lisa Naples Artist Statement

To me, life's substance and joy are found in daily experiences and relatively ordinary things. We spend our lives planning for major events yet our lives are comprised more of the planning than of these actual events. My choice to make functional pottery and garden sculpture is, in part a choice to celebrate day-to-day life. My work is enjoying a thorough transition just now. Cleaning the closets, I am. Getting rid of all those cob webs. The things I knew (those things I was making for the past 15 years) had become so familiar that the conversation I was engaged in with that work slowly ended. A forceful urge for change propelled me into a residency in Australia (at the Australian NationalUniversity) in the Summer of 2005 (Courtesy of NCECA). Since then, my studio work has become new again in fundamental ways; surface, color, even what I make is different.

Lisa Naples Artist Resume

1988 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada
Selected Exhibitions:
2010 "Mentors/Past and Present" University of the Arts and NCECA Phila. PA
2010 "1895 Years of Pottery" Exhibition of Senior Potters' work during NCECA Phila. PA
2010 Constructed: A Handbuilt Review: Mudfire Clayworks and Gallery - Decatur, GA
2010 Contemporary Folklore: 4 person show of Narrative Sculpture Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
2010 American Pottery Festival: Northern Clay Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009 Yunomi Exhibition: AKAR - Iowa City, IA
2009 Art of the State. State Museum. Harrisburg, PA
2009 Handbuilt. Wayne Art Center- Wayne, PA
2008 NCECA Conference: Pittsburgh, PA Cera(mix) Pittsburgh: Manchester Craftsmaen's Guild + La Mesa: Santa Fe Clay
2007 One and Only: Gifts Made by Hand John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Sheboygan, WI
2007 Philadelphia Craft Show. Womens committee of the Phila., Museum of Art The Philadelphia Convention Center - Phila., PA
2006 Iinspired Utility: Exceptional ceramic Vessels Main Line Art Center - Haverford, PA
2006 CraftsBoston The Society of Arts and Crafts - Boston, MA
2005 NCECA Residency award Australian National University - Canberra, Australia
200 5The Power of Pottery NCECA - Baltimore, MD
2005 Bowled Over The Clay Studio - Philadelphia, PA
2004 Duets and This Splendid Table
2004 Featured Gallery Artist The Clay Studio - Philadelphia, PA
2003 Surfaces: AKAR - Iowa City, IA
2003 Functional Pottery Invitational: Santa Fe Clay - Santa Fe, NM
2003 Women in Clay: Pots for Daily Use: Odyssey Gallery - Asheville, NC
1999 The 25th Annual Invitational Ceramic Show. By invitation of Karen Karnes Old Church Cultural Center School of Art - Demarest, NJ
1999 Redware: Tradition and Beyond: The Clay Studio - Philadelphia, PA
1998 Crafts at the Castle. Family Services of Greater Boston - Boston, MA
1997 Functional Work: American Potters Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities - Arvada, CO
1997 Smithsonian Craft Show. Womens committee of the Smithsonian Institution National Building Museum - Washington, DC
1996 American Craft Council Show Baltimore Convention Center - Baltimore, MD
1995 The 19th, 20th&21st Annual Invitational Ceramic Shows. By invitation of Karen Karnes Old Church Cultural Center School of Art - Demarest, NJ
1993 Soup Tureens 1993: Helen Drutt Gallery - Phila., PA
1993 Fleisher Challenge Exhibition. Solo exhibition administered by the Phila., Museum of Art Fleisher Art Memorial - Phila., PA
1993 Clay: 1993 National Survey William Traver Gallery - Seattle, Washington
1993 Tempe Tea Party (Juror's Award) Tempe Arts Center - Tempe, Arizona
1993 The First Annual Stricktly Functional Pottery National (Amaco Clay Co. Award) Market House Craft Center - Lancaster, PA
1993 The Domestic Object: articles for everyday living. The Berkshire Museum - Pittsfield, MA