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Lisa Clague

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The distinctive figurative sculpture by Lisa Clague hovers between fantasy and reality – playful, mysterious, contemplative. “My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible,” she notes. “My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images, like dreams, are familiar but illusive.

The figures are rendered in white-ware and then treated with stains, oxides and wax. Metal, glass and/or wood are added components to complete the sculpture.

In the 80s, Clague literally turned the figurative tradition on edge by transforming humans into masked human animals. These hybrid creatures, primarily female forms, communicate a complex symbiotic relationship between humans and animals, and inner and outer realities. The inspirations for such intensely unique pieces can be credited to a variety of sources, such as the birth of her daughter and the death of her father. Clague says, “Presently, my influences are from Renaissance art and the classical ideals. A quiet beauty, realism, symmetry, harmony and the idea that physical perfection in art implies a perfection in mind and spirit. Although I will never be a realist and I still lean towards surrealism, I find satisfaction in striving for these ancient ideals.”

Clague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.

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1991 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland Ca, MFA 

1985 Cleveland Institute of Art, ClevelandOhio, BFA 



Solo Exhibitions 

2015 Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC 

2014 Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC 

2012 Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Paradise Valley, AZ 

2011 Udinotti Gallery, ScottsdaleAZ 

2010 Udinotti Gallery, ScottsdaleAZ 

2009 Blue Spiral Gallery, AshevilleNC 

2008 John Natsoulas Gallery, DavisCA 

2007 Blue Spiral Gallery, AshevilleNC 

2006 Robert Kidd Gallery, BirminghamMI 

2004 Blue Spiral Gallery, AshevilleNC 

2005 Robert Kidd Gallery, BirminghamMI 

2003 John Elder GalleryNew York, NY 

2000 John Elder GalleryNew York, NY 


Group Exhibitions 

2017 John Natsoulas Gallery, California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts, Lecture, exhibit and     demonstration 

2016 Epics, Myths, and Fables, Meyer Gallery, Salt Lake, Utah 

2016 SOFA Chicago, Blue Spiral Gallery 

2016 Blue Spiral Gallery, Lisa Clague and Deb Karash Collaboration, Asheville, NC 

2015 Prized Pieces, The Maker Collection, North Carolina Pottery Center 

2015 New Sculpture, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC 

2015 Wax TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC 

2014 SOFA Chicago, John Natsoulas Gallery 

2014 CLAY bodies, Zask Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 

2014 NCECA Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 

2013 SOFA Chicago, John Natsoulas Gallery 

2013 Figurative show, University Of Saint FrancisFort WayneIN 

2012 Veil, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, AshevilleNorth Carolina 

2012 Fairytales, Fantasy and Fear Mint MuseumCharlotteSouth Carolina 

2012 Self – Contained, Northern Clay CenterMinneapolisMinnesota 

2012 SOFA Chicago, John Natsoulas Gallery 

2012 NCECA:The Realm of the Feminine; Interior Edge, Gage Gallery, SeattleWA 

2012 NCECA: La MesaSanta Fe Clay, SeattleWa 

2011 The Figure Has Soul, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, Ma 

2011 Fresh Figurines, Fuller Craft MuseumBrockton, Ma 

2011 Figurines, Santa Fe Clay, Santa FeNM 

2011 Containment , Crimson Laurel GalleryBakersvilleNC 

2010 The Human Figure in Clay, Arrowmont School of Craft, GatlinburgTenn. 

2010 Ceramica Annual of AmericaSan FranciscoCA 

2010 Sofa Chicago, John Natsoulas Gallery 

2009 South & Southeastern Artists, Ferrin Gallery, PittsfieldMA 

2009 Small Works, Miniatures, & Marquette‘s, John Natsoulas Gallery, DavisCA 

2009 Penland Auction, PenlandNC 

2009 NCECCA, Santa Fe Clay and Udinotti Gallery, PhoenixAZ 

2009 SOFA Chicago, John Natsoulas Gallery, ChicagoIL 

2009 South by Southeast, Ferrin Gallery, PitsfieldMA 

2009 NCECA: Santa Fe Clay La Mesa & the Udinotti Gallery, PhoenixAZ. 

2008 Contemporary Ceramic Figures, Garth Clark GalleryNew York, NY 

2008 Convivium 33 Alumni Show, Cleveland Institute of Art, ClevelandOhio 

2008 NCECA; Santa Fe Clay , PittsburgPA 

2008 Marcia Wood Gallery, AtlantaGA 

2008 ReconfigurineSanta Fe Clay, Santa FeNM 

2008 Seven Deadly Sins, Santa Fe Clay, Santa FeNM 

2008 The Narrative figure, The Ellipse Art Center, ArlingtonVA 

2007 Pursuing Excellence, The Center for Creativity and Design, AshevilleNC 

2007 Form and Imagination, women ceramic sculptors, AMOCA, American Museum of Ceramic Art,  Pomona, Ca 

2007 SOFA Chicago, John Natsoulas Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2006 National Biennial Ceramics Invitational, Parkland Art Gallery, Champagne, Il 

2006 Beasties, Penland Gallery, PenlandNC 

2006 3rd World Ceramic Biennial, Trans ceramic Art, Korea 


Professional Experience University Teaching 

2005-2006 Appalachian State University, Adjunct Professor in Sculpture/Ceramics, BooneNC 

2008-2009 Appalachian State University, Adjunct Professor in Sculpture/Ceramics 

1997-1999 Solano College, Suisun, CA Adjunct Professor, teaching beginning wheel throwing and hand building 


Professional Experience Teaching Workshops at Universities 

2015 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY  

2015 Lane Community College, Eugene, OR 

2014 Surry Community College, Dobson, NC 

2013 Saint Francis University, Fort Wayne, ID 

2012 Hollins University, Women Working in Clay Symposium 

2009 University of GeorgiaAthensGA 

2008 Appalachian State University, Boon, NC 

2008 Iowa State UniversityAmesIowa 

2007 Miami UniversityCoral GablesFL 

2000 Chico StateChico CA 

1999 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, Ca 

1998 Academy of Art , San FranciscoCA 

1998 San Francisco Art Institute, San FranciscoCA 



Professional Experience/ workshops on metal and clay 

2016 Barro Clay Co. San Miguel De Allende, Mexico 

2015 Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, Co 

2015 San Miguel De Allende, Mexico 

2014 Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM 

2014 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Mt 

2013 Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO 

2012 Potters Council, The Ceramic Voice, a Narrative in Clay, LexingtonKY 

2012-2008 Lisa Clagues Studio, summer workshops, BakersvilleNC 

2011 Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, ScottsdaleAZ 

2011 Honolulu Craftsman, HonoluluHawaii 

2011 Cabin Fever, Pocosin Arts, ColumbiaNC 

2010 Arrowmont School of Craft, GatlinburgTenn 

2009-2006 MudfireDecaturGA 

2008 Armory Art CenterPalm BeachFL 

2008 Arlington Arts, ArlingtonVa 

2007 Hot Clay, Palm SpringsCA 

2007-08-09 MudfireAtlantaGA 

2004 Penland School of Crafts, PenlandNC 


Honors and Awards 

2011 Virginia Groot Foundation Grant 3rd place 

2000 Virginia Groot Foundation Grant 2nd place 




2012 Ceramics and The Human Figure, Edith Garcia, A&C Black-London 

2012 The Best of 500 Ceramics, Lark Books 

2010 Ceramics Monthly, cover and article 

2009 Ceramics Monthly 

2009 The Figure in Clay, Lark Books 

2009 500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books 

2008 Lisa Clague, catalog, John Natsoulas Press 

2007 Poetic Expressions of Mortality, Figurative Ceramics from the Porter/Price Collection 

2006 500 Animals, Lark Books  

2004 500 Figures,  Lark Books 

2003 Visual Perspectives, 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards 

2003 Terrors and Wonders, DeCordova Museum 

          Monsters in Contemporary Art 

2002 Visual Perspectives, 14 Years of the Virginia A Groot Awards, Chicago IL 

1998 American Style Magazine, Baltimore MD 

1997 Make It In Clay, Charlotte Speight, John Toki 

1994 Hands in Clay,  Charlotte Speight, John Toki 




Oakland Museum, Oakland, Ca 

Fuller Museum, Brockton, Mass 

Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe 

Joan Remos Scottsdale, Az 

Joe Price & Ron Porter, Columbia, SC