About the Artist
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Lisa Orr has always appreciated the playful, casual, peasant colonial-style earthenware coming from Mexico. She loves the softer, thicker appearance earthenware can have compared to most stoneware or porcelain.
Her work, which has many other influences, is generous, dynamic and brilliantly colorful. Sometimes thrown on the potter's wheel and sometimes molded, she embellishes her unique pieces with additional colored clays, thick trails of slip, and delicate sprigs. Sprigs are low relief decorations similar to cameos that can be applied to the pieces. These can take the form of fish, birds, deer, fruit, even the occasional Buddha. After firing, various colored translucent glazes enhance the decorations.
The final appearance can be anything from spare and subtle to rich and intense. It is impossible to repeat something precisely, as no two pieces ever come out alike, even if they are made at the same time. It is even more difficult to try to re-create older work. Lisa prefers to make her newest ideas daily and continue to move forward artistically.
About the Pottery
Each of Lisa's pottery pieces is a unique work of art, which can be enjoyed singly or in groupings. Though intended for eating and serving, her pottery displays beautifully and gives life and warmth to many settings. The rich and subtle glaze colors are lead free and food safe.
There is a crackle effect in the glazes, which is a natural quality of the glaze recipe Lisa uses. This is sometimes more pronounced and sometimes less, yet it is always present. This does not change over time, except on some coffee or tea cups which over years can lightly stain in the crackles, as in much pottery in the world. This is sometimes considered an improvement, as the use becomes evident over the years, and "the glaze keeps getting better."
Hand washing is recommended because gritty dishwasher soaps can scratch some of the glazes over time. However, all of Lisa's plates and dishes in her own kitchen are loaded into the dishwasher daily and only a few show minor damage after several years.
All Lisa's work can be used in the microwave, both for cooking and re- heating.
For the larger items such as tureens and platters, it is recommended that soups and other foods only be served in them, not cooked or baked. Large items may not last as long if subjected to the drastic heating and cooling of ovens.
Lisa Orr is an artist that enjoys trying new ideas each time she goes to the studio. This is why she photographs each individual object of first quality for her website, and why you will find different things each time you visit. She re-uses certain glaze patterns when she is inspired to, but they do change and improve over time. Often there will be something completely new. People that have known Lisa's work for years have enjoyed its progression and continue to appreciate her latest developments and refinements.
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The photographs shown here are by no means a comprehensive inventory of the works we currently have for sale by this artist. They are meant merely as a representative cross-section of this artist's creations. Also, not all pieces shown here are necessarily still available. Each piece is an original one-of-a-kind artwork. Once it is sold, it is gone for good. If you are interested in more information about this particular artist and the works we currently have available, please
Lisa Orr, Austin, Texas - Ceramics, Pottery