Lilli Steinlicht

Organic bodies emerge at a rhythmic pace from the worktable of Taos ceramic artist Lilli Steinlicht. Her coil process steadily builds forms that echo the gestures of cactus, the curves of landscape, gnarled branches, and undersea formations. With her central Oregon upbringing it is no wonder the natural world has served as such a major influence.Steinlicht’s process mimics the steady growth and decay patterns of our natural world. She generously reveals her repetitive process in her finished pieces exposing coils, fingermarks, and deep scaly surfaces. Each piece might begin with a loose idea of form emerging of its own accord as she allows the work to evolve and become as the clay builds under her skilled touch.

Steinlicht’s process mimics the steady growth and decay patterns of our natural world. She generously reveals her repetitive process in her finished pieces exposing coils, fingermarks, and deep scaly surfaces. Each piece might begin with a loose idea of form emerging of its own accord as she allows the work to evolve and become as the clay builds under her skilled touch.This work has evolved gradually over the course of three decades experience in clay always with coils in a meditation of pressing the clay together creating body-sized abstract organic structures. Lilli Steinlicht’s educational background includes ceramic studies through multiple higher learning facilities across Oregon receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Oregon University in Ceramics and Art Education. She has also served as a resident artist at Cinder Cone Clay and Taos Clay, and continues pursuing her clay knowledge through experimentation, independent study, and work alongside a thriving community of clay artists here in Taos.

This work has evolved gradually over the course of three decades experience in clay always with coils in a meditation of pressing the clay together creating body-sized abstract organic structures. Lilli Steinlicht’s educational background includes ceramic studies through multiple higher learning facilities across Oregon receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Oregon University in Ceramics and Art Education. She has also served as a resident artist at Cinder Cone Clay and Taos Clay, and continues pursuing her clay knowledge through experimentation, independent study, and work alongside a thriving community of clay artists here in Taos.

In her most recent decade Steinlicht has been drawn to the wood-firing process. The flow of flame and ash flashing over and building up on her sculptures adds to the natural feel and appearance of her finished pieces. This labor-intensive process involves a team of people preparing multiple cords of wood in order to stoke the kiln twenty-four hours a day over the course of several days to achieve the desired effects. The addition of soda to the firing at just the right temperature provides more glossy finishes, some that lean towards a pale blue color on her purist clay bodies.

From these fine porcelain clays to stoneware high in iron Steinlicht’s body of work encompasses a wide range of finishes and colors that stand alone as gorgeous show pieces, yet compliment each other when displayed in groupings. Exploring working at a smaller scale, Steinlicht’s lovely little hanging planters, bowls, ornaments, and other vessels are showcased in her studio gallery as well. Her pieces are available in galleries across northern New Mexico, the broadest collection on view at Clay Mavens in downtown Taos.

Consigning work for many years Lilli reached out to partner Laura Brzozowski to open their own gallery and working space in order to build stronger relationships with their clientele and guests. That dream quickly became a reality as a lovely location just south of Taos Plaza became available for a small-scale studio and viewing space. Lilli and Laura’s latest venture opened in September 2016. Work is actively being made in the space and much of it fired on site in the electric kilns on the patio. Come meet the artists, see beautiful finished pieces, and watch as works in progress take shape.