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Artist: Lisa Belsky


Artist: Lisa Belsky
Lisa Belsky, OHIO
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Each piece begins as hand knit or crocheted fabric. The fabric is manipulated, shaped and then dipped into porcelain slip. During the firing process the original fabric burns away leaving behind a ceramic remnant or record of what was once there. The stitches, now preserved as clay, have become the structure and texture of the new object.

I am intrigued by the way the stitch patterns and tactile quality of the handmade fabric translates into clay. A natural movement occurs during the firing process that can result in collapse, split seams, folding and slumping. I embrace and welcome these changes when they occur and view them as an important part of the work.

Knitting and crocheting was passed down through generations of women in my family and has been an important part of my life since childhood. The act of knitting and crocheting provides me with a strong sense of nostalgia and a connection to family. I view this body of work as a metaphor for embracing change while preserving memories and traditions.

EDUCATION
2008 MFA, Ceramics and Sculpture, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2004 BFA, Ceramics, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2003 Glasgow School of Art, Tyler Art Workshop, Glasgow, Scotland,

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2011-2016 Adjunct Faculty, Capital University, Columbus OH
Studio Art Foundations, Beginning Drawing, Beginning Ceramics, Jewelry Making

2011-2016 Instructor, Continuing and Professional Studies Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
Saturday Morning Art Classes, 6th-7th Grade Drawing into Color, Adult Drawing
Workshop, Adult Ceramics, 5th-6th Grade Sculpture Workshop, 5th-6th Grade Basic Drawing, ArtVenture, 10-12th Grade Ceramics Workshop

2010-Present Instructor- Ceramics McConnell Arts Center, Columbus, OH
Adult Courses Taught: Beginning Wheel Throwing, Beginning Hand-Forming Focus - Coil Building, Set the Table – Handmade Dinnerware, Contemporary Perspective: Throwing, Open Studio, Creative Ceramic Jewelry
Teen and Children’s Courses Taught: Create with Clay- ages 6-8, Create with Clay- ages 9-12, Ceramics Around The World, Play with Clay, Wacky Wheel, Teen Intro to Wheel Throwing- ages 13-18, Printmaking

2008-2009 Visiting Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ceramics-Intro to Wheel Throwing, Intro to Hand-forming

2006-2008 Instructor of Record, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
Foundations Drawing, Ceramics- Beginning Wheel Throwing, Beginning Handforming

2005-2011 Instructor, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Ceramics, Adult Beginning Wheel Throwing, Adult Beinning Fiber Processes, Children’s After School Programs: Ceramics, 3D mixed media, Summer Art Camp: Ceramics and 3D mixed media

2004 Teaching Assistant, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Intermediate Ceramics

2002 Instructor, Sesame Rockwood Day Camp, Blue Bell, PA Ceramics and Mixed Media

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Present Board of Directors, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

2009-Present Owner and Artist, Simply Tangled Designs, Columbus, OH
Manages all operations of small retail ceramics and jewelry company. Responsible for online sales, ceramic studio operations, glaze mixing and firing kilns.

2010-2013 Studio Tech and Consultant, The McConnell Arts Center, Worthington, OH, Maintained equipment, inventory and supply order requests, studio maintainence, kiln firing, assisted in design and set up of new ceramics studio

2011 Board of Directors , The Columbus ArtMobile, Columbus, OH
Developed curricuum, organized fundraising, teachining and exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2018
Last Call, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
Smithsonian Craft Show (April 26-29), Washington, DC
Small Favors (April 6- May 27th), The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Yunomi Invitational (May 18th), Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2017
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
Best Of 2017, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Ceramic Innovations, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2016
GCAC Fellowship Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
De La Naturaleza, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus OH
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH
Worthington Arts Festival, Worthington, OH

2015
Modern Tea, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Pour, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH
Worthington Arts Festival, Worthington, OH

2014 Hollow Form, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus ,OH
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH
Art We Use, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens OH
Impact-Influence Faculty Exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Columbus, OH
14th Annual Kent State National Juried Cup Show, Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH

2013
Selected Works, Ursus Gallery, Columbus, OH
Agora, Junctionview Studios, Columbus, OH
The American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD

2012
Best of 2012, Juried Traveling Exhibition, The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus OH
Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
Fitton Center for the Arts, Cincinnatti, OH

2011
Starbrick Clay National Cup Show, Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH
Teach At The Mac, Faculty Exhibition, McConnell Arts Center, Columbus, OH
Selected Works, High Road Gallery, Columbus, OH
Paper Girl Columbus, Junctionview Studios, Columbus, OH

2010
Best Of 2010; Juried Traveling Exhibition, Columbus, Cleveland & Toledo, OH
Emerging Artists Exhibition, The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Founding Members Exhibition, The Ohio Art League Gallery, Columbus, OH

2009
Winterfair, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH
Artecopia, Davis Gallery, Delaware, OH

2008
The Masks We Wear, Gallery 50, Bridgeton, NJ
Visiting Lecturer Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH
Accretion: MFA Thesis Exhibition, OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH

2007 Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH

2006
Earth Transformations; Kuhn Fine Art Gallery, Marion, OH
Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH

2005
Featured Artist; August, Pink Ivy, Doylestown, PA
Group Ceramics Exhibition, The Franklin Ave Studio Gallery, Cheltenham, PA
Faculty Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS, FELLOWSHIPS
2017
Excellence in Clay, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Ceramics Monthly Magine Emerging Artist 2017

2016 Greater Columbus Art’s Council’s Individual Artist’s Fellowship

2015 Juror’s Choice Award 3-D, Columbus Arts Festival

2014 Emerging Artist Columbus Arts Festival

2009 Ohio Designer Craftsman Emerging Artist Scholarship

2008
Fergus Gilmore Materials Grant
Fergus Gilmore Scholarship Award
Graduate Teaching Assistantship

2007
Fergus Gilmore Scholarship Award
Graduate Teaching Assistantship

PUBLICATIONS
2017 “Emerging Artists” Ceramics Monthly Magazine, May 2017, p. 30-48.

“Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 2017” Ornament Magazine, Vol 40, No 1, p42-47

2007 “The MFA Factor” Ceramics Monthly, August/September 2007, Vol. 55 No.7, p. 33-37.


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