The slab constructed ceramics I create give voice to deep-seated influences, from mid-century modern furniture and household objects to African and Japanese textiles and traditional craft. Simultaneously, they are a reflection of my investigations into compelling design and my commitment to fine craftsmanship, as I consider relationships between interior and exterior, form and surface, and the interplay among pieces.
While the works I create are recognizable - a box, a bottle, a bowl - they are intended to evoke a deeper response, whether by revealing my sources of inspiration, offering an opportunity for aesthetic contemplation, or providing the deep satisfaction that comes from interacting with thoughtfully crafted objects.
All of my ceramic forms are slab constructed in terra cotta, a red earthenware clay. Initially a piece is conceived as a two dimensional drawing, followed by the creation of pattern pieces - deconstructed versions of the ultimate three dimensional form - which are attached to the clay slab. Package design and dressmaking come to mind as the piece is brought to life by cutting, folding, darting and connecting. Visual and tactile depth is developed through the application of multiple layers of clay, slips, stains and glazes, and by scraping, incising and carving into the surface. All pieces are twice fired in an electric kiln to approximately 2000 degrees fahrenheit.
I find I develop an intimate relationship with each piece I create. Even when working in series I will discover the nuances unique to each form. These individual characteristics may be the result of variances in moisture from one clay slab to the next, a more gentle or forceful touch, the use of a different tool or, sometimes, the inexplicable. The process itself, therefore, can be revealing as the work teaches me.
Lisa Pedolsky is a studio artist working predominantly in the medium of ceramics.
Originally from New York City, Pedolsky moved to California in 1972 where where she pursued her formal art education. She studied ceramics and fine art at California College of the Arts, Oakland (then California College of Arts And Crafts) and at U.C. Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in Art in 1977.
Images and articles about Pedolsky’s work have appeared in numerous publications including Lark Books' 500 Vases, Pottery Making Illustrated - as cover and featured artist - Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter. In 2013 she was awarded NCECA's International Residency Partnership in Chile where she was artist in residence at Centro de Arte Curaumilla.
Pedolsky teaches workshops and presents lectures at colleges and art centers nationwide, and is represented by galleries across the U.S. She resides in southwest Colorado.