OMG! LOVE, love, love! I saw Lydia's work on Google Images...fell in love with the color and pattern. Then, I saw one of her cups in the Regina Brown Cup Sale at this years NCECA. Paper thin...so light and delicate! The form is so simple, the handle barely there...BUT THOSE COLORS and PATTERNS! I almost licked that NCECA cup when I picked it up. Alas, it was $85.oo and I had already bought too much work...AND I knew it would be gone by the time I got to the sale (I hate to wake up earlier than 7 at NCECA).
The technique looks complicated (on her current work...left images), but after looking at the pix on her website, it appears to be lots of colored clay appliques and stenciling with slip or underglaze. Sometimes there is slipwork on Redware before adding the surface decoration. WOW. I am astounded at the beauty and cleverness of this process. (now I hate my work and feel inadequate!) She'll be on the stage at NCECA sometime soon!
Lydia lives in Smithville, Tennessee and is currently an artist in residence and adjunct faculty at Appalachian Center for Craft located there.
Amazing work and pix on her website: http://www.lydiajohnsonceramics.com/