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Illustration - Lisa Junius


October, 2017




Lisa is a ceramic artist currently based in France. Her work is celestial and inspired by the universe and it’s cosmic powers. Her naked women are not sexualised, but are naked to reveal their inner goddess and beauty. Lots of Lisa’s work uses blue tones and uses drawings of moons, stars and suns. 

As an artist, she makes painted pictures, ceramic art, metal jewellery and digital prints for printed textiles... she is constantly making - she never fails to keep up with social media, and she is owning her craft. She is inspiring to me because she works tirelessly to make her dream a reality, and believes in herself and her style - as do we all!

Read her interview below to see what she’scurrently up to, and what inspires her own work.


















Sophie
What has your art education journey been like, and has that led you directly to working in ceramics?

Lisa
I have a MA in Fine arts and Art Research but I never actually learned how to work with ceramics. I’m completely self-taught when it comes to ceramics, besides a few tips from the keeper of the ceramic studio where I got my pieces fired. At University, I learned how to theorize my work and how to present it. The making of artworks themselves had to be figured out by the students. Therefore, I learned how to experiment with different materials, like ceramics but also jewelry, sculptures and more. However, I do see myself as a painter first.
Sophie
What are the different types of clays you work with and which one do you use the most?
Lisa
At the moment, I only work with earthenware. I tried porcelain once, but I found it a little to fragile and complicated to work with for my taste. I prefer materials that are ‘easy’. I have to be able to experiment, to bend, to re-work - to work just as my feeling tells me to, and that doesn’t work with porcelain. If I don’t do as I’m told, my piece just breaks.
Sophie
What's the physical side like of working directly with materials like, and do you find joy in repeated motions?
Lisa
Repeated motions are fine as long as I’m not making them the whole day long. I never make tons of the same piece, because I prefer working on new things all the time. It’s just more challenging and more exciting to work on a new piece and see it coming together.

Working with ceramics has two stories - my pieces are all built with my hands, and I love getting my hands dirty, directly in the mud! Then, my favorite part, I get to glaze them; here, the idea of the repeated motion is omnipresent, as I have to paint 3-4 coats on every piece!










Sophie
What inspires your work?
Lisa
I’m a book addict, so I’d say stories, tales and mythologies. It’s difficult to say what the direct inspiration is. I think my beloved imaginary books are the main inspiration for my art. However, it also can be ancient greek art, works of other artists ( favorites are Miro, Chagall, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Paul Delvaux, Botticelli) and other illustrators.
Sophie
Are there times you hit a brick wall with ideas for what to make next, and if so, how do you overcome them?
Lisa
Of course I have these times! It is very important to me to switch projects. I always work for maximum 3 days on the same thing (or with the same material) and then I make something else. Otherwise, I get stuck. Ideas don’t flow anymore, I worry too much about specific problems with that materials or I just have enough. Switching materials keeps my mind open and myself motivated and excited to work on a new thing. If I don’t have ideas for new ceramics for example, I don’t panic - I just take a break from ceramics and try out something new or something old.






“I always work for maximum 3 days on the same thing (or with the same material) and then I make something else.”








Sophie
I love the role of story telling or creating narratives in my own work. How important is it for you for your drawings to be involved in a story line?
Lisa
I don’t think about story lines too much, but I think that you can find them quite often in my work. I try to focus mainly on creating an atmosphere. I draw or paint a scene which could fit in a story, but you don’t get answers for details. For example, sometimes you can tell where the scene takes place, but you won’t know more (why, when, who...)
Sophie
What's your creative space like? Could you give us a brief outline of what your typical day is?
Lisa
I’m currently moving into a new studio! Until now, I worked from home and struggled because I never had enough space. I’m really excited for my new studio as it is really big, with big windows and my bed isn’t close, so I have to keep working all day. My plan is to get a few tables - a big one where I can get messy, to work on sculptures, ceramics and more. One for my computer and to draw illustrations. Then I want a small shipping station and a lot of space to paint giant paintings.

My typical day begins with lots of fruit and tea and a little internet surfing. Then I usually write emails and then I get to work on whatever I got planned for that day.






“My typical day begins with lots of fruit and tea and a little internet surfing...”










Sophie
Who are other creatives in your life you like to surround yourself in?
Lisa
My new studio is in an old factory where lots of creatives work! Otherwise, I love Frances Cannon, Phoebe Wahl, Amie Luczkowski-Gibson and a lot more! I’m so inspired by all these people I follow on Instagram. Social media is kind of ‘new’ for me, because before I got Instagram, I was unaware of what it can be used for. I never had Facebook or Twitter. But through Instagram, I connected with so many amazing people and I’m so grateful for that!
Sophie
Do you have any worlds of wisdom to pass on to future craftsmen / ceramic artists?
Lisa
This might be very unoriginal but : do what you love and work hard! It sounds like empty words, but they are not.












You can find Lisa’s work on Instagram, and buy her pieces here.

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