My name is Lisa Peri, I am a full-time potter living and working in Melbourne. I returned to study in 2012 to study a Diploma in Ceramics at Federation University Ballarat. I sell my work at Design markets in Melbourne, around Victoria and Adelaide. I also wholesale to retailers and commission work with cafes and restaurants.
7.30am kiln is opened, finished pieces are placed onto shelving and the kiln is refilled and turned on. The glaze firing is programmed to 1290°C and will take approximately nine hours. I then head back upstairs to have breakfast with my family, prepare the children for school and all the normal goings on of running a home.
8.30am the children walk to school and I head back into the studio. I sponge the teacups I threw on the wheel yesterday. The teacups are then decorated with porcelain slip and then placed onto the shelf to dry for one week before they go into the kiln for their first firing to 1000°C. The platers and plates that are now leather hard also get sponged to remove sharp edges and are then decorated with porcelain slip.
10.30am time for my first cup of tea.
10.45am time for recycling clay! Wet clay scraps from throwing and trimming is placed onto a piece of cement sheet to dry enough for me to wedge.
11.00am time to throw. Bowls and vases. Clay is wedged on a concrete paver, then weighed on a scale and rolled into balls.
1.30pm More throwing.
3.00pm Children return from school.
3.30pm back into the studio to finish throwing.
4.30pm the finished pieces from the kiln this morning are sanded with diamond hand sanders and washed ready for pricing.
5.30pm I wedge the clay that has been drying and bag it into its original bags, ready for use tomorrow.
6.00pm Finished for the day in the studio, back upstairs to prepare dinner, answer emails, apply for markets, update my website and prepare for another day tomorrow.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am. My passion/obsession for ceramics continues to develop, I am so fortunate to of found my “thing”. I think and dream about my work every day. I am an avid collector and am so inspired by the community I am so blessed to be part of.