Lisa Ringwood (1968- )

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Bio

Lisa Ringwood, a native of Durban, has honed her ceramics craft through the intricate techniques of hand-building and slab moulding, embellished with scraffito, coloured slips, oxides, and underglaze colours. After years of experimentation, including a focus on wheelwork and tin-glazed earthenware, Lisa has emerged with a unique artistic identity.

Drawing inspiration from daily life and the natural world, her tiles and functional ware feature intricate depictions of local bird life, carp, blossoms, and indigenous plants, establishing a tangible link to the earth's origins. Every piece reflects Lisa's patient observation and care, deliberately avoiding symmetry and commercial conformity to impart a unique personality to each creation. There is an essence of domestic nostalgia captured in her work – a sense of daily life spilling over into her craft – art and life merging into each other, being inspired by one another and the joy of creating something functional.

“When I work with clay I am reminded of the rich history and tradition that has gone before me. I delight in taking this history, bringing it into the present and combining it with the serene and whimsical moments that I observe on my daily excursions into nature. Nature inspires me I am enthralled by the beauty around me, whether it’s walking in the mountains, or on a board in the ocean. My work represents my intimate engagement with this world.

I build my pieces by hand, coiling and pinching the clay as well as using slab moulds for the plates and platters. Hand building, I think adds vitality and charm to the work and gives each piece its own individual, unique character. My choice of colour, pattern and line drawing evokes emotions in me that I would call domestic nostalgia. Somewhere there is a warm memory of old enamel plates, a Delft vase, a ginger jar high up on the top shelf of a dresser that you can’t reach and you just know there is a secret in there...” - Lisa Ringwood

Captivated by clay since her first pottery lesson at age 7, Ringwood studied Ceramics, History of Art and Archaeology at Durban Technikon and the University of Cape Town. Her work is in private collections in South Africa and around the world. Ringwood now works from her studio in Kommetjie, South Africa.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022
‘The Point’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

2017
‘A Constant Benediction’, Circa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


2016
‘A Ramble of Plates’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa


2015
‘Whilst Out Walking’, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna, South Africa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024
'Compressing Materiality', EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2023
'AKAA (Also Known As Africa), EBONY/CURATED, Paris, France
‘Ceramics Invitational; Shaping the future of Contemporary Ceramics in South Africa’, FADA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2022
‘Voorkamer Stilte’, Chandler House, Cape Town, South Africa

2021
‘Bud’, RK Contemporary Gallery, Riebeeck Kasteel, South Africa
‘Voorkamer’, Chandler House, Cape Town, South Africa

2020
‘Re-imagining Clay in South Africa in the 21st Century', EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

Kommetjie Open Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

‘Vessel’, RK Contemporary Gallery, Riebeeck Kasteel, South Africa

2019
Kommetjie Open Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
‘Wandering/Wondering’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa
Lutge Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
‘Sculpture and Ceramics’, Kalk Bay Modern, Kalk Bay, South Africa


2017
‘Sculpture and Ceramics’, Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town, South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal Regional Exhibition, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

2016
‘A sense of…’, La Motte, Franschhoek, South Africa

2015
‘Fragile Fynbos’, La Motte, Franschhoek, South Africa
Art in Clay Exhibition Festival, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa
‘Mercurial Cats’, Lutge Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


2014
Art in Clay Exhibition Festival, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa
‘4 Women 4 Journeys in Clay’, Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2013
‘Ceramics for the Table’, Lutge Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


2012
‘Sculpture and Ceramics’, Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town, South Africa


2011
'Three Women', Kim Sacks Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


2010
Wordfees, Stellenbosch, Cape Town

Works by Lisa Ringwood (1968- )

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