Liza Riddle ceramics




"For me, a successful piece casts an elegant shadow, evokes an inner power, and has surface decoration that mimics and celebrates the colors and patterns of nature." – Liza Riddle


Liza Riddle grew up in California, USA, known for its spectacular coastline, soaring mountains, and the driest and lowest desert in North America. These landscapes profoundly influenced her life decisions—to discover wild areas, travel the world, protect these lands and, through her art, reflect her concern for the environment.

Ms. Riddle, born in 1953, received a Bachelor’s Degree and later, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning from the University of California. For several decades, she had a rewarding career preserving and protecting America’s natural lands. In her early fifties, she turned her focus to ceramic art, hand building forms that translate her life experiences. 

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including the prestigious NCECA competition in the United States and in 2017, the 11th International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan. She handbuilds minimalist sculptural forms with surface clay that records a moment in time, an imagined moment during the process of cracking, scorching and transforming so often observed in nature. She colors her work using water soluble metal salts—soft greens from nickel, brilliant blues or rich, near-blacks from pure cobalt, rusty golds from iron. After firing, these metals fix and transform, highlighting the sharp edged surface tiles and revealing the earth's surprisingly varied color palette.

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