Lise's home is Colours of the land where she presents her ceramic works. Each piece is handmade, either thrown on a wheel or built by hand, or often a combination of the two, and no two items are ever exactly the same.
She uses Japanese techniques such as stretching and carving, often in combination with wheel throwing, to create natural forms reminiscent of elements in the wild.
Tutton and Young Interviewed Lise ahead of her exhibit at MADE London - Canary Wharf
this April 25th.
How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim?
"I've spent my whole life making things, and came to ceramics after a 20 year career as a couture designer and bespoke tailor. I started in classes at an adult education college, and fell in love with the material and process of making ceramics immediately".
Who did you learn from, who inspires you? What or who were your early influences and how has your life/upbringing influenced your work?
"I'm inspired by nature, both the wider landscapes and the details of textures and colours found in rocks, lichen and treebark. I grew up in Norway, and the outdoors and natural world was always a big part of my life. I greatly admire both the Scandinavian aesthetic as well as the Japanese, as I feel they are both closely linked to nature.
I've been lucky to have great teachers both in the very precise art of throwing as well as in the more free ways of hand-building, and have also done courses with Japanese ceramic artists who have given me the ability to work in a very fresh and free way, often combining different techniques in unconventional ways".
What currently inspires you? What can you tell us about your current artwork, for example, do you explore any specific themes or subjects?
"My latest functional pieces are made in a range of glazes inspired by the subtle shades of whites, pinks and blues found on frosty winter days in Norway. The hours of daylight are short and precious, and the light has a magical quality to it when the temperature drops and everything is covered in a layer of twinkling ice crystals.I'm also working on a more dramatic range of dark brown and black metallic vases, inspired by tree-bark and rocks".
What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?
"I use a range of stoneware clays in different colours as well as porcelain, and often mix my own clays to get the colours I'm looking for. I use a range of slips and natural oxides which I build up in layers in an abstract painterly way, and do the same with my glazes. My studio has great natural light from big skylights, and it's great to watch the clouds fly by overhead whilst working".
How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
"As well as tableware I also make more sculptural pieces with lots of texture and natural organic shapes and forms, which I am looking forward to spending more time developing in the future".