Lisa York, an adjunct instructor and kiln technician at Hood College, completed a ceramic arts residency in Berlin, Germany at Zentrum für Keramik during the summer.
The residency culminated in the “Küchen” exhibit, which included works by all of the artists in the residency. They displayed their functional ceramic works, which served as vessels to serve food.
York completed her residency with studio mates Helen Otterson and Eric Thornton, with whom she had worked at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary.
“As artists working at different colleges, facing similar challenges associated with teaching, maintaining studios and collegiate service, our residency in Germany allowed us the time and space to explore new materials and building techniques,” York said. “Surrounded by inspiration visually and culturally enabled us to connect our mutual love of art, desserts and travel.”
While in Berlin, York and the other artists visited several art museums, bakeries, chocolatiers and open-air food markets. They had an open dialogue about how to make stronger artistic connections between food and the vessels on which they were being served.
York earned her master’s certificate in ceramic arts at Hood. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Russia, Hungary and China. Her ceramic pieces are currently included in the Plain Arts Museum collection in Fargo, North Dakota. She has completed residencies at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. Additionally, she has worked with international ceramic co-ops in Tanzania and Guatemala.
Works from the “Küchen” will be traveling to Hood for the “Decadence of Display: Ceramics for Dessert” exhibit, which will also include works from invited artists. The exhibit opens Jan. 26 and will run until Feb. 20 in the Whitaker Gallery.