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After high school, she earned two college degrees, on in business administration and another in parks and recreation, but never enjoyed the work as much as she enjoyed making pottery.
Lisa moved to Ames with her spouse last year, and as of February, she is making pottery professionally. Lisa didn’t know when or if she would be able to make art her career, but when certain aspects of her life, including money, business connections, and space seemed to align, she decided to give it a shot.
Lisa’s studio is in the basement of her home, and has everything a potter needs to make large quantities of mugs, bowls, vases, and much more. The studio is equipped with a pottery wheel, kiln, and slab roller. She recycles all old and unused clay herself, to limit the waste of both clay and money.
Lisa learned from Ms. Puffer to be intentional when creating, and to always consider the ultimate purpose of the pottery. You can see her intentionality in the details of her pottery, from the functionality of her mugs to the intricate designs on her vases.
Lisa gets inspiration from some of her favorite potters, including Simon Leach and Hsin-Chuen Lin. These artists not only influence her, but also help in her own work through informational videos on YouTube and by selling their pottery tools on Etsy.
During the Studio Tour, Lisa wants people to know that they can do what she has done, and she would be thrilled to inspire just one person to make art full time. She believes people should do what they love.
For more about Lisa Lang products, check out her Etsy page, and Facebook.
Learn more about Lisa Lang, her work, and the Ames Area Studio Tour by visiting our website, here.