Lisa Ringwood (Abrahams) was born in Durban in 1968. She has been captivated by clay since her first pottery lesson at age seven.
She went on to study ceramics, history of art and archaeology at Durban Technikon and University of Cape Town. She spent several years experimenting with various expressions of her craft. For many years she focused on wheel work and tin-glazed earthenware.
Lisa now works from her studio in Kommetjie where over the years she has developed her style of hand building and slab moulding with scraffito, coloured slips, oxides and underglaze colours. She draws her inspiration from daily life and nature. Tiles and functional ware, drawn and painted with local bird life, carp, blossoms and indigeneous plants can all trace an organic tie back to the earth from which it was shaped, and every piece speaks of unhurried observation and care. She achieves this without subscribing to symmetry or commercial uniformity giving each piece their unique personality.
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.
Her work is in private collections in South Africa and around the world.