Known for her figurative sculptures that create narratives into an imaginary world of curiosities, Lisa Nocentini is an active Florentine ceramist and sculptor in clay.
Lisa Nocentini teaches Ceramics at SACI. She studied ceramics with English potters David Leach and John Colbeck and, from 1978 to 1981, worked as assistant to Bruno Gambone. In 1982, she began her ceramics career as a functional potter in Florence.
Her work has evolved through various phases of experimentation to her present artistic vision – figurative sculptures that make up whimsical narratives – and has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Europe and the United States.
Lisa Nocentini has a Diploma of Applied Arts in Painting and Ceramics, Istituto d’Arte di Porta Romana, Florence. She studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, and painting and ceramics at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France.
My aim in the beginning and intermediate courses is to guide the students through a progressive understanding of the complex nature of the ceramic medium. Through a series of practical demonstrations, slide shows and short lectures covering the essential theoretic information on the nature of clay and glazes, students can learn the basic techniques of forming and decorating clay.
I want my advanced students to treat clay as a conceptual medium and explore its sculptural qualities as well. I believe in experimental and challenging projects that will drive the student towards reaching a personal language in the use of clay. By virtue of the experimental nature of these projects, the works created will inevitably overlap with other disciplines of art.
In order to connect my classes to the Italian context, I use low temperature earthenware materials in the studio, as these are the ones that have been used in the Mediterranean area for centuries. In addition, when possible, field trips are organized to introduce students to local traditions and to contemporary artists' work.