Photo Essay: A Studio Visit with Practical Art artisan Lisa Harnish of Chandler, AZ


This coming weekend, February 23rd and 24th, ceramic studios across the valley throw open their doors to the public for the 12th Annual Self-Guided Ceramics Studio Tour organized by the ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center (CRC).  This is a weekend replete with all manner of sculptural and functional ceramic work, live demonstrations, food and drink, and over 50 of the valley’s premier ceramic artists.  So, in the week before this exciting community event, where else would we find Practical Art artisan and tour participant Lisa Harnish than in her studio preparing for the big weekend? Here’s a little preview to get you warmed up for the tour.










Ceramic Earring Dish

And the scoop directly from Lisa Harnish?  “I’ve been participating in the annual CRC Studio Tour since 2005. This has become a premier ceramics event in the Valley. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the artists in their “natural setting”. It’s a peek behind the curtain, a chance to see their work spaces and what inspires them. Fourteen different home studios open up their doors to the public. Each site hosts 2 to 5 guest artists; most sites also schedule demonstrations of their special techniques. Ceramics is a wonderfully broad and diverse medium. There are many different ways to build, decorate, and fire an object made of clay. The Studio Tour is an opportunity to sample that variety.  Beyond just seeing the art, and the work space, though, is the opportunity to connect with the artists themselves. Conversations about clay, craft, art,  and inspiration can be surprisingly revealing. By joining in that conversation, you join a community.”

Other Practical Art artisans participating in the studio tour include Tom Budzak, Beth Shook, and Genie Swanstrom.  Tour maps are currently available at Practical Art!


And don’t forget! Tomorrow is “A Share of the Pie: Charity Night” at Practical Art from 7-9pm benefiting the Phoenix Art Museum! See you then!


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