Lydia is a ceramic artist and designer who works full time in her studio in Manchester, Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited across the country at galleries such as The Clay Studio, Northern Clay Center and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Lillstreet Gallery and Artstream Nomadic Gallery. She was the recipient of the 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. This spring, Lydia will be a demonstrating artist at the Florida Heat symposium and showing work in Tokyo, Japan and at the Architectural Design Digest show in New York City.
"I make functional pots out of double-sided, patterned clay slabs. I came to work this way after my imagination was captured by the idea of a piece of printed fabric transforming into a cup. I was frustrated by the term “surface decoration” in ceramics. In my work, visual, ﬂat pattern and color function as fundamental structure. A double-sided, printed slab is my material. It is the “sine qua non”. It is the essence of the thing. I love using tableware as a vehicle to explore imagery. Plates and cups are familiar. The familiar oﬀers opportunities to question, wonder, and evoke. All over pattern/color creates an engaging physical and visual relationship between user and object which I hope orchestrates synergy of the eyes, hands, mind and heart."