Lisa has been a professional potter for over 40 years. An award winning ceramic artist, she first set up her studio, Highland Pottery, in the eclectic Highlands neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky after earning a Master’s Degree in Ceramics from The University of Louisville. She previously taught ceramics, drawing and art history at Pellissippi State, Cleveland State and at local pottery studios in Knoxville, Tn. and in Louisville, Ky. Teaching clay and mentoring young potters has been a big part of her life. She was previously a Master Artist in Tennessee Crafts’ Master Artist Apprentice Program.
Lisa’s clay work has been featured and shown in galleries and juried fine arts and craft shows across the country and is in many private collections nationally and internationally. She has been a juror for the Foothills Craft Guild, Tn. Craft and Terra Madre: Women in Clay. Lisa was the Artist Coordinator for the first Art Fair KMA at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She started and directed the Whittington Creek Art Show, which ran for 10 years when she lived in Whittington Creek. Currently she is the Vice President of Terra Madre: Women in Clay, a local group of women clay artists in the Knoxville area.
Lisa throws and hand builds her pottery and often integrates the two methods to create her functional pottery and clay wall art. She emphasizes the malleable qualities of clay by altering her pieces while they are still wet. She welcomes and encourages the happy accidents that take place in the making and in the firing process. Texture, as a means of communicating a point of view, is critical to her work. Currently her art explores and emphasizes the contrast between raw, earthy, stretched slabs of clay and smooth, polished wheel thrown glazed forms. Her work is made from a white stoneware clay
that she fires to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lisa highlights spontaneity in her work which has led to her experimenting with various types of atmospheric firing including wood, soda, pit and electric firing. Her functional work is all microwave and dishwasher safe. The fact that people can use her work in
their everyday lives is very important to her.
To learn more about Lisa’s work visit her website Lisa Kurtz * Highland Pottery: