August 27, 2013

HMA to welcome Lisa Orr as Walter Gropius Master Artist

The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome Lisa Orr as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in September. Orr will speak about her work in ceramics at 7 p.m. Sept. 12, 2013. A reception follows. Admission is free.

An exhibition of work by Orr will be on view at HMA from Sept. 7 through Nov. 3, 2013. Orr will present a three-day workshop titled "Free Form Earthenware with Vivid Decoration" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13-15, 2013. Call (304) 529-2701 for workshop fee information or to register.

Orr’s artworks for the dinner table often refer to traditional porcelain whitewares, but with softer, highly decorated forms that echo the playful qualities of Mexican earthenware. Solid and strong yet fluid and detailed, Orr’s work plays both ends of the spectrum. After studying clay mold fragments in museums and antiquated factories, Orr invented her own eclectic production process that combines molding, wheel throwing and surface decoration. Inspired by the abundance of nature, she imaginatively textures her work with stamps, slips and sprigs. A multihued palette of glazes uniquely enlivens each piece.

Orr received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. Following several years of apprenticeships, workshops and post-baccalaureate study, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Orr has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship to study Bulgarian and Macedonian village ceramics (1992-94). Her work is represented by several prominent ceramics galleries across the country, and in numerous private and public collections such as the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Orr co-founded the Austin-based Art of the Pot studio tour, now in its tenth year, and is a steadfast advocate for the art of studio pottery. She also researched and produced three documentary DVDs about Mexican Folk pottery.Orr currently operates a studio in Austin, Texas, and divides her time between studio practice, teaching ceramics lessons, workshop travel, family and maintaining her organic garden.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

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