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Artist: Lisa Pedolsky


Lisa Pedolsky, COLORADO

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BIO:

Lisa Pedolsky is a career artist working primarily in the field of ceramics.

Born in New York City and raised a short distance away, Pedolsky showed a penchant for art from an early age. Supported by a family who offered both materials and opportunity she perceived creative activity as a given and was astonished to learn that her favorite hour of the school week in the art room was not a universally shared passion among her peers. Her interests deepened in later years with art classes in drawing and painting, printmaking, and ceramics as well as ballet studies.

In 1972 Pedolsky moved to the California Bay Area where she pursued her formal art education. She studied ceramics and fine art at California College of the Arts, Oakland (then California College of Arts And Crafts) and at U.C. Berkeley where she received her BA in Art in 1977.  These were defining years for her interest in ceramics and her preferred method, handbuilding. Upon graduating she left the Bay Area for travels, ultimately relocating to Southwest Colorado. After a twenty year hiatus from ceramics, during which time she worked in various other media, she returned to clay and a committed practice in 1999. Her focus remains in handbuilding, specifically slab construction, incorporating functional elements which are characteristic in her work.

Pedolsky’s professional experience includes representation by galleries and exhibitions across the country. She has lectured and taught workshops nationwide and was artist in residence at Centro de Arte Curaumilla in Chile, funded by the NCECA International Residency Partner Program. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, among them Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly and Lark Books' 500 Vases.

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EDUCATION

1977

University of California, Berkeley - B.A., Art

1973 to 1975

California College of the Arts, Oakland - Ceramics, Fine Art

 

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

2020

Durango Potters: Past and Present, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale Clay Center (invitational)

2017

Concept/Function: Duality of Ceramics, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (invitational)

Imaginary Border: Ceramics as a Transcultural Language, NCECA - Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR (invitational)

2015

Pop-Up Art Show, Surya Health & Wellness, Durango, CO

Featured Artist, Durango Arts Center Special Event, 2015 Parade of Homes, Durango, CO

Featured Artist, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Functional Ceramics Exhibition 2015, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH (invitational)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

2014

30x5: The Sushi Service, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA (invitational)

Afar: Clay Beyond Boundaries, Studio &, Durango, CO (group show)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Sueños de Chile - Dreams of Chile, White Dragon Tearoom and Gallery, Durango, CO (solo show)

2013

30x5: Sushi and Me, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA (invitational)

Wrappable: Gifts from the Heart, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (invitational)

Contrast, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI (group show)

Scarecrow - A Sculpture Show, Animas Valley Farms, Durango, CO (invitational)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Definitive Marks, Studio &, Durango, CO (group show)

Connecting the Dots: Design, Decoration and the Handbuilt Pot, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO (solo show)

Seeing Red, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO (invitational)

2012

The Teapot Redefined, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA (invitational)

Three Cups: Vessels for Tea, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (invitational)

The Santa Fe Show: Objects of Art, Santa Fe, NM

Caffeine, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI (group show)

Tea, White Dragon Tearoom and Gallery, Durango, CO (solo show)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Featured Artist, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Made for Each Other, Studio 550, Manchester, NH (invitational)

2011

Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte, CO (juried) 

Plinth Gallery & Anderson Ranch: A Ceramic Collaboration, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO (juried)

New Work, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

White, Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor, MI

Featured Artist, White Dragon Tearoom and Gallery, Durango, CO (solo show)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Functional Ceramics Exhibition 2011, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH (invitational)

New Work from 6, Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor, MI

2010

Durango Open Studios, Two Fish Studio, Durango, CO

Open Doors, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (invitational)

Salon des Independants, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO (invitational)

Feats of Clay XXIII, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA (juried)

Junket Dynasty, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (solo show)

Constructed – A Handbuilt Review, Mudfire, Decatur, GA (invitational)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

2009

David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, Lancaster, Pa (juried)

Durango Open Studios, Two Fish Studio, Durango, CO

Open Doors & Open Studios, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO 

Structure + Style, Henderson Fine Art Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, NM (duo show)

Mug*Shots, MudFire, Decatur, GA (invitational)

4 x 4, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL (invitational)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Wabi-Sabi, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (invitational)

2008

David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Spouting Off, Again, Teapot Show, Gallery 423, Columbus, IN (invitational)

Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa City, IA

Dirty Hands, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (invitational)

The American Craft Show, American Craft Council, Baltimore (juried)

2007

David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Fourteenth Annual Durango Arts Festival, Durango, CO (juried)

Carbondale Clay National III, Carbondale, CO (juried)

15th Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA (juror’s award: First Place)

2006

David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Thirteenth Annual Durango Arts Festival, Durango, CO (jurors’ award: Best of Show)

Select Works, Shy Rabbit, Pagosa Springs, CO (invitational)

Feats of Clay XIX, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA (juried)

Lisa Pedolsky - Ceramic Artist, Humanities Student Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, NM (solo show)

30th Annual Juried Exhibit, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

2005

David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Twelfth Annual Main Avenue Arts Festival, Durango, CO (juried)

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO (juried)

Four Corners Commission, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (juried)

2004

Jocelyn Audette, Katherine Barr & Lisa Pedolsky: New Work, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (juried group show)

4th Annual Invitational Ceramic Exhibition, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Eleventh Annual Main Avenue Arts Festival, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (juried)

33rd Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, Carbondale, CO (juried)

Fine Crafts 2004: Four Virtues, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO (invitational)

2003

3rd Annual Invitational Ceramic Exhibition, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Tenth Annual Main Avenue Arts Festival, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (juried)

First Annual Yunomi Invitational, The Kiln Door, Durango, CO

27th Annual Juried Exhibit, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

 

LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

2018

Durango Diaries lecture series, Powerhouse Science Center, Durango, CO

Instructor, Handbuilt. Conceive, Construct, Embellish, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

2017

Artist Talk, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

2015

Instructor, Weekend Workshop - Advanced Students, San Juan College, Farmington, NM

2014

Instructor, The Handbuilt Pot: Design, Construction & Decoration, Shakerag Workshops, Sewanee, TN

Lecture, Lisa Pedolsky: Artist-in-Residence - Centro de Arte Curaumilla, Studio &, Durango, CO

Lecture, Two Fishes in Chile, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

2013

Demonstration, Handbuilt Ceramics, TED Fellows Retreat, Centro de Arte Curaumilla, Chile

Lecture, Plates & Palettes Featured Artist, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

Instructor, Design, Decoration & the Handbuilt Pot, Weekend Workshop, Plinth Gallery, Denver CO

2012

Demonstration, Handbuilt Ceramics, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

2011

Instructor, Saturday Ceramics Workshop Series, Painted Turtle Studio/Mancos Community Art Center, Mancos, CO

2010

Instructor, Handbuilt Ceramics - Design & Construction, Weekend Workshop, Taos Clay, Taos, NM

2009

Lecture, Process, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

2008

Instructor, ClayFest 2008, San Juan College, Farmington, NM

2007

Instructor, Glaze Workshop, Magpie Acres Studio, Bayfield, CO

Guest Speaker, Sophomore Art Seminar, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Instructor, Handbuilt Ceramics - Design & Construction, Weekend Workshop, Pueblo Community College -

Southwest Center, Durango, CO

2006

Lecture, Sources of Inspiration, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

2005

Instructor, G.O.A.L. for Girls Saturday Workshop Series, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

Lecture, Sources of Inspiration, Pueblo Community College - Southwest Center, Durango, CO

Lecture, Sources of Inspiration, Durango High School, Durango, CO

Instructor, Handbuilt Ceramics - Design & Construction, Weekend Workshop, San Juan College, Farmington, NM

2004

Lecture/Demonstration: Hand Built Ceramics, Durango High School, Durango, CO

 

PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS

2023

"Last Page." WNC Magazine. Volume 17 Number 3. Fall 2023. p. 128.

2020

“Exposure,” Ceramics Monthly, November, 2020, p. 16.

2017

“A Source of Inspiration,” by Lisa Pedolsky, Pottery Making Ilustrated, Volume 20, Number 6, Nov./Dec. 2017,

pp.28-32.

2014

“Exposure,” Ceramics Monthly, December, 2014, pp.16-21.

“Touched by the Intangible,” by Lisa Pedolsky, The Studio Potter, Volume 42, Number 2, Summer/Fall, 2014,

pp. 61-65.

2013

"Paisaje que Invita a Crear," VD El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, Saturday, November 30, 2013, pp. 36-40.

“Southern Hospitality - Chile will be inspiration for Durango artist,” Durango Herald, Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Award: NCECA International Partner Program, Artist in Residence, Centro de Arte Curaumilla, Chile.

2012

“Impeccably Constructed,” by Jonathan Kaplan, Pottery Making Ilustrated, Volume 15, Number 2 March/April 2012, cover, pp.22-26.

“Texturing and Layering Surfaces,” by Jonathan Kaplan, Pottery Making Ilustrated, March/April 2012, pp. 12-14.

2010

500 Vases, Lark Books, A Division of Sterling Publishing Co, Inc., 2010, photos pp. 63, 68.

2009

“The Last Bite,” edibleASPEN, Issue 9, Winter 2010, p. 44.

“2009 Strictly Functional Pottery National,” Clay Times, Volume 15, Issue 83, Sept./Oct., 2009, photo p. 15.

“East Meets West - Arts Center Hosts Wabi Sabi Invitational,” Durango Telegraph, Vol. VIII, No. 7,

Feb. 12, 2009, p. 23.

2008

“The Quest for the Good Pot,” Durango Telegraph, Vol. VII, No. 42, Oct. 16, 2008, p. 15.

2007

Juror's Award: First Place, 15th Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA.

“Lisa Pedolsky’s Nomadic Two Fish Studio at the Durango Arts Festival,” Southwest Colorado Arts Perspective,

Issue 13, Summer, pp. 12-13.

2006

Juror's Award:  Best of Show, Thirteenth Annual Durango Arts Festival, Durango, CO.

2004

“Bitten by the Clay Bug,” Durango Telegraph, Vol. III, No. 43, Oct.21, 2004, p. 13.


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