Lisa Orr to Deliver 12th Annual Everson Ceramic Arts Lecture

SYRACUSE, NY (March 2, 2022): The Everson Museum of Art will present its 12th Annual Ceramic Arts Lecture on Thursday, March 10. Delivering this year’s lecture will be artist Lisa Orr.

Orr teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on her distinctive handmade style that encompasses softer forms inspired by qualities of Mexican earthenware. She invented her own production process after studying clay mold fragments in antiquated factories and museums. After forming pieces in molds, on the wheel, or both, Orr finishes them with gestural animals, stamps, slips, sprigs, and multihued glazes.

The Everson’s Paul Phillips & Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics, Garth Johnson, has been a longtime fan of Orr’s work. “We chose Lis Orr as this year’s Ceramics lecturer because of her fierce commitment to functional pottery as a potter herself, and as a documentarian and advocate for the handmade. She also recently moved from Austin, Texas to Western Massachusetts. We’re happy to have her in the Northeast!” said Johnson.

Orr completed an MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1992 and later received grants including a Fulbright and a MAAA/NEA. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and the permanent collection of WOCEF in Korea. She is also an accomplished documentary filmmaker who has produced three documentaries about Mexican folk pottery.

The lecture will return to being held in person, with a live stream option available for those located outside the region.

“Nearly a thousand people from all around the world attended last year’s virtual lecture with Grayson Perry,” said Johnson. “While we can’t wait to see a full auditorium again, we hope that those that cannot make it in person still join in through the live stream option.”

Organized in partnership with Syracuse University’s School of Art, the lecture is a free event open to everyone.

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About the Everson Museum of Art
The Everson is a museum of firsts. It was the first museum to dedicate itself to the collection of American art, to create a permanent collection of ceramics, to collect video art, to create a docent program and to hire the now internationally-known architect I.M. Pei to design its building, a sculptural work of art in its own right. Located in Syracuse, NY, the Everson is home to over 10,000 works of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, graphics and one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the nation. Visit to learn more.