Nestled on a side street of Harpers Ferry WV, Lisa Kovatch is at the heart of the Potomac Region, literally blocks from the Potomac River, the Shenandoah River, the C & O Canal, and the Appalachian Trail.
Her studio, a nifty little structure heated by a little potbelly wood stove, is tucked next to her home on a sloped piece of heaven. Through her work, it’s obvious that she spends time paying attention to her surroundings, and particularly picks up on the region’s birds. The layers of moss on a tree or fence, colors and textures of the surrounding summer flowers, and the critters that visit…nature informs her work in both content and color. She’s a creative gardener, committed to adding a Monarch garden sanctuary this year.
Lisa’s work is primarily functional earthenware, both thrown on the wheel and handbuilt with forms. I can attest that her mugs are fabulous and made for use, as one of her owl mugs has been in regular rotation in my kitchen for years, and her platters come in handy…in use more often than at rest.
While she spends part of her time managing Westwind Potters in the historic downtown section of Harpers Ferry, most of her time and creativity are spent on her own pottery. Stop in to her studio during the Potomac Clay Weekend, or contact her to visit during other times. You won’t be sorry, and you just may find a bit of nature’s cheer to take home with you.