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Clay is a worthy sculpture medium and a compelling and sort of mythical agent for constructing the figure. I am dedicated to the medium of clay and bound to the subject of the figure. There is a kind of collaboration with both elements that I enjoy. It is always the growing physical presence of a piece and my partnership with the clay that informs my aesthetic choices. I want the content of a piece, the interior world the figure inhabits, to be seen in the exterior body and I look for an abstraction or emotional anatomy to occur. I am often surprised by unintended layers of meaning the figure can hold though I think I have plumed conceptual depths and worked out my intentions on paper.

Clay and the figure have fundamental traditions and rituals that adhere firmly to their study and practice. Having learned and conformed to the conventions of each I was allowed push at those boundaries and use craft in service to a less prescribed aesthetic. I use a mix of wheel thrown, press molded, life cast and hand built elements. The glazes are generally matte and opaque, often many layers of engobe and terra sigelata arriving at a kind of ancient surface. I sometimes add steel or glass to enhance or aid in the structure of a piece. Fusing different forms of
construction within the same medium and assenting to several firings allows me to work happily within the traditions and cycles inherent to clay.

To Contact Lisa email:  lisa@lisaosbornsculpture.com

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