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
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.