We are excited to be using our gallery space to showcase talented artists in our LOAM community.
For the month of October 2021, our featured artist will be Shaina Lipsey, who is a LOAM studio potter and occasional teacher.
I create functional ware in both mid fire porcelain and stoneware. Colour and texture play a large role in my designs and I aim to create functional forms that are not only beautiful, but are a pleasure to hold. Most of my pieces have a subtle surprise that your eyes may not have noticed, but your hands will find. In creating texture on a piece of smooth stone, I aim to engage with the user every time my pieces are held. It’s a reminder that we are all connected; from my hands and heart to yours.
I aim to imbue my work with a sense of movement that can be seen in the flow of the glaze as it turns to glass, or in the gestures that remain when adding liquid clay to the form before its first firing. Taking a strong influence from the clean lines of Asian ceramics and the fun of FiestaWare, my shapes are more organic but the fun (and often vibrant colour) remains.
In my Impressionist Series, I’ve been exploring how decoration can influence form. My shapes have responded to my love of decoration by becoming more vertical, providing an expanded surface that acts as my canvas. In the search for more surfaces that provide opportunities for adding colour, I will sometimes add a horizontal plane to the rim of a bowl. I love the juxtaposition of bold colours and textures against the smooth calm and white of porcelain. I often take my inspiration for colour from Impressionist paintings.
It is my hope that if you bring a piece home with you, it will bring you joy for years to come.
Come by our gallery to see Shaina's beautiful work!