Lisa Kelley
What clay body do you use?

    "I usually use B-Mix."

     

    Primary forming method?

    " work mainly on the wheel and then alter my works."


    Primary firing temperature?

    "I fire works for cone 5/6 oxidation in an electric kiln."


    Favorite surface treatment?

    "Simple. Smooth."





    Favorite Tools?

    "Fingers? These are my go-to set. Keep it simple!



    Describe your studio environment.

    "I work from a home studio, one room in my house and half the garage. I have a two year old son who is home with me, so the studio environment changes depending on what is going on in the home. Life is careful balance in order to create."



    How/Where do you market your artwork?

    "Marketing primarily happens through market sales, social media and word of mouth."


    How/Where do you sell your artwork?

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/midpointart

    http://www.ci.jersey-village.tx.us/page/parks.farmersmarket

    http://www.mvfarmersmarket.org/





    What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?
    "Clay is a risky media that keeps you on your toes. The process is needy and demanding. It keeps you active and actively seeking solutions as you process new ideas and concepts. I like to make simple works that serve a specific purpose or need, such as yarn bowls or kitchen tools. I enjoy the creative process of seeing a need and creating a solution."


    Did you come to pottery from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.
      "I was seeking a BS in Biology when I took my first ceramics class. I loved the parallels between the science and the art, for example chemistry lab and creating glazes. After I finished my Biology degree and was working in the science field, I completed a Master of Arts in ceramics and sculpture. I left science and started to teach art. Slowly I lessened my “day job” to focus on ceramics and our growing family. Currently I work from home with my son."



      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to students?

      "I don’t know that I am well-established in my field, but I have taught ceramics and shared experiences with others at ClayTalks."




      What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

        "Nick de Vries would encourage us to think about the surface of the work. To have every mark (or lack of mark) made with purpose. To think about the whole work together, from bottom to top. I feel this helped me hone in on the details and the craftsmanship of the work.

        "I also admire the following quote by Chuck Close “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” You learn from your media. You have to be in your media to grow and get the spark for new ideas."


        Website URL and other social media platforms:

          https://www.midpointart.com/

          https://www.instagram.com/midpointart/

          https://www.facebook.com/midpointart/


            artist statement: with quiet purpose

            I will never be able to keep myself from dabbling in various art media. I enjoy the process of learning and I relish exploring something new. My art studio is a testament to this, with tubs of various tools neatly stacked.

            Truly it was the birth of my son that made me focus my artistic efforts and find a groove. All the weighty and noble art criticism wafted away. It was time to simply get to work. My desire honed in to ceramics, then simple forms, then smooth and simple forms, but yet, a smooth and simple form with a quiet purpose. My desire is to create works of art that will be a part of your daily life.

            My favorite way to sell pottery is to place the work directly in the hands of the future owner. I want that moment of connection, with the work becoming the midpoint.

            Once before I would have stated that my influences are wide and vast. But now, simple line, simple curve, quiet purpose. I desire to refine my works down to the simplest form and use this surface for calming glaze work. Life is busy; let's make this simple. Let's remember connection. Let's refine ourselves.

            artist bio

            education

            University of Houston - Clear Lake
            Master of Arts in Humanities, Track II Images
            Project Director: Professor Nick de Vries

            exhibitions

            2018

            Body Image, Invitational and Juried, WPC, Houston, TX

            2017

            ClayHouston Member Show, Tea+Art, Houston, TX
            Transformation, Invitational, WPC, Houston, TX
            Heart for Freedom, The Church, Houston, TX
            Designed to Dine, Tea+Art, Houston, TX
             

            2016

            Hope Series, Invitational, WPC, Houston, TX
            ClayHouston Member Show, Tea+Art, Houston, TX
            Genesis Series, Invitational, WPC, Houston, TX
            Renewed Conversations, Invitational, Project Dormalou, Houston, TX

            2015

            Write On!, Invitational, Project Dormalou, Houston, TX
            Best of Show, Box 13 Art Space, Houston, TX
            Beauty Enhanced, Two-Person Invitational, Rumor Has It Day Spa, Houston, TX
            Nourish, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
            Texas Teapot Tournament, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX

            2014   

            Lone Star Art Faculty Exhibition, Houston, TX
            Dining-In, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
            ClayHouston Show, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX

            2013   

            HCP Student Print Sale, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

             2012   

            Printmaking and Art Furniture Exhibition, Invitational, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX

            2011   

            Body Image Invitational & Juried Exhibition, Invitational, TAACCL, TX
            Art Exhibit, Alyson Jon, Houston, TX 
            3D: An Exhibition of Sculpture, In-Relief, In-the-Round, Installed, Invitational, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX

            2010   

            Open Door Series Winter Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            High Fiber and Raw Materials, Invitational, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX

            2008   

            Open Doors Series Summer Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX

            CCISD High School Art Educators Exhibition, The University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, Houston, TX

            2007   

            10th Juried Photography Exhibition, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Geek Art, Invitational, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            The Mentor Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX

            2006   

            Open Doors Series Winter Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Art by the Square Foot, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            The Figurative Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Two-person Exhibition, The University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, Houston, TX
            HPGCAMEO Emerging Artist Show, Houston Potters Guild Gallery, Houston, TX
            Summer Open, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Members Show, third place award, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Landscape, Seascape, and Dreamscape Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX

            2005    

            Hello Again!, Best of Show for Body of Work, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Summer Open, second place award, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Clay Collage, Invitational, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX

            2004   

            Winter Open, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Cars and Cigars Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            Summer Open, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
            The Mentor Show, The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL), Nassau Bay, TX


            Contact ClayHouston at info@ClayHouston.org

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