Both Lisa and Jeff Ross began studying pottery in the 1970's in Texas. After acquiring basic skills, including clay and glaze formulation, Lisa developed an interest in slab techniques, focusing primarily on sculptural pottery and raku. Her first successful shows and sales came before her decision to move to North Carolina in the mid 1980's, where she took classes at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford and at the Jordan Arts Center in Cary. While Lisa has extensive wheelwork experience, she prefers handbuilding with slabs or extruded forms. Lisa also creates wearable art by combining clay accents with metal, glass, crystal, leather or hemp. She draws upon ancient mythologies for inspiration, and natural and fantasy forms are common themes in her work.
Jeff's pottery studies began with Dan Hammett at the University of Dallas, in Irving, Texas, where he studied clay and glaze formulation as well as basic and intermediate pottery techniques. When recently asked, "What's new in the world of pottery?" he replied, "not too much has changed in 8,000 years!" It is truly an ancient and traditional art form that Jeff embraces wholeheartedly. His continuing interest in pottery and improving his skills came in taking classes at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford and Siler City, and the Jordan Hall Arts Center in Cary. Like Lisa, he's skilled in wheel work but also produces many hand-built forms. Much of his work is influenced by the pottery of ancient cultures and forms found in nature, but Jeff proudly continues the folk pottery traditions of central North Carolina.
Jeff and Lisa's work will be featured in our front window throughout the month, as well as inside The Gallery.