Lisa Orr

Artist Statement


Lisa Orr’s artworks for the table often refer to traditional porcelain or restaurant whitewares, but with softer forms inspired by the playful and abundant qualities of Mexican earthenware. She invented her own production process after studying clay mold fragments in antiquated factories and museums. After forming pieces in molds, on the wheel, or both, she finishes with stamps, slips, sprigs and multihued glazes. Though Lisa Orr’s colors can evoke a healthy garden in bloom, it is the strength of her form that sets her work apart: it feels muscular and strong while showing fluidity. In this way, she plays both ends of the spectrum, from the dynamic and substantive to the detailed and dreamy--full of surprise. Her artwork is best presented with a freshly prepared meal. Lisa Orr’s soft and spontaneous earthenware brings jewel-tone garden color to the table. Lisa Orr’s softly formed artworks for the table are inspired by the playful and abundant qualities of Mexican earthenware. They are finished with gestural animals, stamps, slips, sprigs and multihued glazes. The jewel-tone color evokes a healthy garden in bloom.



Artist Bio


For 38 years Lisa Orr has been professional potter and student of ceramics. She completed an MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1992 and later received grants including a Fulbright and an MAAA/NEA. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and the permanent collection of WOCEF in Korea. Currently, she teaches, lectures, and shows nationally and internationally.