Earth and Water 12: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley

JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 19, 2017
The Phipps Center for the Arts

Opening reception: Friday, January 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Northern Clay Center and The Phipps continue their multi-year partnership aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists located throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed. This cross-state collaboration features two to three ceramic artists annually in the Atrium Gallery at The Phipps. In addition, featured artists present an artist talk prior to each opening reception and a workshop or demonstration event. 

Lisa Buck is a studio potter and art educator who has lived in the St. Croix River Valley for over 30 years. After studying ceramics at the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse she worked for the potters Warren MacKenzie, Wayne Branum and Mark Pharis in their kitchen store and gallery, Food Tools. It was that moment in time that her world expanded to see the possibility of creating a life of making pots.

Buck’s further studies in ceramics include the likes of Watershed, Haystack, University of MN, grant-supported travel and study in LaBourne, France, as well as living and teaching in Morocco. Her work has been included in the New American iPottery, Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter and a number of the Lark Books 500 Series, including the Best of 500 Ceramics.

Buck’s generous earthenware forms move from oven to table with ease and reflect her interest in historic kitchen pots, textiles, nature and the beauty of the handmade object in day to day life. Her work is fired in an electric kiln.

Buck writes, “I grew up in a household that valued working with your hands; ‘creating something out of nothing’, my mother would say, and I find great pleasure in the routine, rhythm and physical work of making pots. For me, it is the perfect marriage between idea and action. Working from the long tradition of studio and folk potters, I passionately pursue the good individual pot that comes from working in a series of related forms over time.”

Questions?  Please contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305 or visit

The Phipps Center is located at:
109 Locust St., Hudson, WI 54016