Lisa Skog is a ceramic artist creating raku and wood-fired pottery. handmade and sculptural ceramics, hamilton, ontario.Copyright © Lisa Skog Ceramic Art. All rights reserved.
I have been working with clay for over fifteen years. What started as an enjoyable pastime with friends quickly became a passion. After studying various techniques at Mohawk College and the Haliburton School of the Arts, I left a career in scientific research to become a full time ceramic artist. This research background has allowed me to pursue glaze development and challenging firing techniques, primarily raku and wood-firing. With these techniques, each piece is unique as variances in the firing process prevent any effect from being duplicated exactly.
I create a variety of items ranging from jewellery and Christmas ornaments to life-sized sculptures. These objects can be either wheel-thrown or handbuilt, often with incorporation of stamped and moulded elements. Some of my pieces include transfers created from photographs of my travels. I often decorate with multiple layers of glaze in an attempt to obtain original, rich surfaces.
My work is constantly changing and evolving as I gain inspiration from my travels and encounters with other artists. A recent mentorship with local artist Catherine Weir has encouraged the creation of more artistically challenging pieces.
I am honoured to be represented by several galleries and participate in numerous shows and sales throughout the Niagara Peninsula and the GTA. My work has been included in the books: 500 Prints on Clay: An Inspiring Collection of Image Transfer Work and 500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique.
“...failure with clay was more complete and more spectacular than with other forms of art. You are subject to the elements... Any one of the old four - earth, air, fire, water - can betray you and melt, or burst, or shatter - months of work into dust and ashes and spitting steam. You need to be a precise scientist, and you need to know how to play with what chance will do to your lovingly constructed surfaces in the heat of the kiln.”
-A.S. Byatt, The Children’s Book