My present body of work continues to have an eclectic flare to it. I find that as an artist, I try to find new and exciting surface decorations to enhance my work. Whether I use a pottery wheel or hand-build with coil or slab, I want to suggest the desire to reach out and touch the finished surface. Functional ceramic pieces make up the majority of my work but I find pleasure in sculpting figurative pieces as well. Clay has opened my mind to see things from a different perspective… mud becomes a masterpiece… junk becomes a tool… nature becomes a designer… an accident becomes a new technique. Ever since I was a child, I have seen the possibility in everything! As new ideas are presented to me, you will hear me say, “I want to try that!”
As a pottery instructor, my inspiration comes from those moments of understanding each student experiences while working with clay. I believe everyone has an artist hiding inside, and with the right encouragement and understanding of techniques, wonderful things can happen. Teaching is a great way to share knowledge, challenge others, exchange ideas, give back, learn and unleash passion. There is pleasure in watching someone flourish, and achieve what they didn’t think was possible.
Lisa LaBarge is currently owner of The McKinney Art Studio in McKinney, Texas and is an artist and teacher who has over ten years of experience in the arts business. She enjoys teaching weekly pottery classes to adults and kids at the studio and consulting for Empty Bowls McKinney and Cornerstone Ranch where she helps facilitate a weekly ceramic program for adults with special needs.