Lisa Naples makes pottery and narrative figures from her barn/studio in Doylestown, PA. She received her MFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1988. In 2012 she was awarded the Jane and Leonard Korman Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Clay at the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious “Best of Philly” award in the category of “Gallery Artist”. Also in 2010 her work was featured in the publication “Masters Earthenware: Major Works from Leading Artists” which is a survey of 37 ceramic artists from North America and Europe.
Select exhibitions: James A. Michener Art Museum, Smithsonian and Phila. Museum of Art Craft Shows. She has lectured and given workshops around the country and in Australia.
In 2005 she was awarded an NCECA (Nat’l Council for the Education of Ceramic Artists) residency at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia which fundamentally changed her studio life.
Most of the months of the year it is not an issue. Work informs work. So one thing leads to another. Recently I was not motivated so I picked up a commercial vase and brought it into the studio and used it as a starting point. All you need is a starting point. If I get stuck, it is good to just get in the studio and start anything. I might go to a museum and see something that knocks me out. I then get an image of that and put it in the studio.
What is your go-to tool that you have to have?
What advice would you give to a young potter?
If I could speak to myself as a young potter I can relate to that image. I can see myself working in the basement of my parents home instead of being at the beach. I’d say keep that up. Keep working!
When someone says that they want to be a potter, and something else, then I tell them if they are interested in doing something else, then do that something else. Unless you are bitten by clay, then they will have a hard time doing it. But if they have been bitten then beg, borrow and steal to make it happen.
What book would you recommend?