LUCY PIEDRA & MEG OLIVER
Ceramic Sculptor Lucie Piedra and Functional Ceramicist Meg Oliver’s collaboration yields work that is both sleekly contemporary and sensuously free-form, and interestingly, work that is unlike either artist’s individual practice. They like to say that their partnership has created a third artist.
Lucie and Meg met while artists in residence at Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, NY. They remained friends and in early 2017 they decided to formulate a partnership that would combine their individual expertise and set them on a new journey to study anew craft, porcelain slip casting.
Slip casting is a process in which liquid clay (same water content as clay you might sculpt, but made liquid through a chemical), is poured into plaster molds. As the plaster absorbs water, a skin is formed along the inside of the mold. Once it is thick enough, the excess slip is poured out and the cast removed when it is stiff enough. The piece is then dried, sanded and kiln fired. Then it is glazed and fired again. Lucie and Meg have their own proprietary recipes for both their clay and glaze
Their work has been featured in Country Living, Upstate House, Parade, Elle Decoration and Home Beautiful magazines. L&M Studios in located on Main Street in Catskill, NY.