Studio Fun

Working on several new color combinations for upcoming art fairs… I'm really enjoying this joyful combo! I think I'll call it Bahama Sunset. Every evening, Nature unveils a new masterpiece to behold…In The Bahamas, I'm lucky enough to get to watch it from a beachfront seat whenever I feel like it!

Next up: the color combo I've dubbed Teal Away - a ripple of aquas and greens that make me feel like I'm in the soothing cradle of a sail boat…aahhh…those were the days! 

Yes, It's All About Forgiveness

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
— ― Nelson Mandela
A pre-studio morning walk on Taino Beach, Freeport, Bahamas. © Lisa Codella

A pre-studio morning walk on Taino Beach, Freeport, Bahamas. © Lisa Codella

As a truly great soul is laid to rest today (well actually, memorialized), I couldn’t help but think about the legacy he leaves behind in the hearts and minds of those he touched. By making a conscious and deliberate choice to back away from the precipice of hatred and revenge, Nelson Mandela freed himself from what would have surely been emotional quicksand. He freed his nation to look at the issues of justice and forgiveness with new eyes and inspired them by example to courageously step into a shared future. A future built on forgiveness rather than retribution.

His approach to building a new nation reminded us all of the powerful freedom each one of us has: the freedom to do what is right and loving even when the evidence beckons us to do otherwise.

Today I am asking myself: is there someone I am resenting? Am I withholding forgiveness? Today, I am praying for them to be blessed. Abundantly.

Honestly, I feel a lightness of being already.

May you find your lightness today.

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Wise Words

My ceramic sculpture, "Liani" along with the wise words of Leonardo da Vinci.

My ceramic sculpture, "Liani" along with the wise words of Leonardo da Vinci.

I've had a lifelong love affair with words. I love reading them. Creating new ideas and stories with them. Consoling myself with them through poetry. Serve it up to me in any form, and I'll gobble it up. Yes, I do discriminate. The words have to make sense (to me), be free of distracting grammar potholes, and in some way elevate, motivate, inspire or delight me. Not asking for much, right?

Like most people, I often get an energy boost from a well-timed motivational quote. I have quite a few of my favorites on my Pinterest board, "Wise Words" - thank you, Pinterest for helping me become a digital hoarder!

So today I found a site that makes it simple to create my own quotable poster using my own images. Nice! I think I may have picked up a new vice.

Here's to creating art in all that we do, whether in work, play, or relationships!

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Bahamian Ceramic Talent Showcased at ACE 2013

Apart from my desire to develop in The Bahamas an appreciation for the beauty and artistic merit of ceramics, I also wanted to work towards ensuring the sustainability of the art form in our country
— Jessica Colebrooke, Founder, ACE

Opening night of the All Ceramics Exhibition (ACE)  2013 highlighted a wealth of Bahamian creative talent whose pieces will remain on display at Doongalik Studios until November 9th.

ACE is the brainchild of well-known Bahamian ceramicist Jessica Colebrooke, and was founded in 2009 as a biennial platform to help raise awareness of local ceramic artists and elevate the public profile of the art form. 


"Apart from my desire to develop in The Bahamas an appreciation for the beauty and artistic merit of ceramics, I also wanted to work towards ensuring the sustainability of the art form in our country. This can only happen if we encourage younger Bahamians to become ceramic artists, so a scholarship award became an essential part of ACE," said Colebrooke.

Since its inception, the All Ceramic Exhibition has been able to give two scholarships. The first was awarded to Alistair Stevenson who has now gone off to China to continue his studies. The second scholarship was awarded to Jovana Sands, Colebrooke said.

She added that although teacups and bowls may seem to be extremely utilitarian products, the goal of ACE is to demonstrate that they can be so much more.

"We hope to raise a plain everyday item to the level of fine art collectable" said Colebrooke.

The key word "flamboyant" is basically the artists' license to raise the production of the mundane teacup and bowl to the level of fine art.

"We challenged these artists to take their designs to wherever their imaginations led them," she said.

The show is sponsored by: DanBrad Ltd; Dawn Davies; The D'Aguilar Art Foundation; Neko and Patricia Meicholas and Jessica's Tileworks Studio Ltd.

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ACE 2013 "My Flamboyant Teacups and Bowls"

"A Little Attitude"  Ceramic bowl, wheel thrown and altered.  Lisa Codella, 2013

 "Elements" Tea Totems.  Air, Water, Fire. Wheel thrown and hand sculpted. Lisa Codella, 2013

"Biggety" - Wheel thrown and altered bowl.  Lisa Codella, 2013

 "Chasm" - Hand built. Lisa Codella, 2013.

Will I see you on Thursday? The countdown is on for opening night of the All Ceramics Exhibition (ACE) 2013, this Thursday, October 24th at Doongalik Studios, Village Road.

My 7 Stages of ACE:

Stage 1: Euphoria! You've been accepted to show pieces alongside amazingly talented ceramic artists!  

Stage 2: Panic! You've been accepted to show pieces alongside amazingly talented ceramic artists!

Stage 3: Creative Overload.  A floodgate of ideas scream for your attention, each one seemingly more flamboyant than the other.

Stage 4: Creative Reality Check. Ideas are quickly narrowed down as technical aspects of production determine which flamboyant pieces will make the cut.

Stage 5: Kiln Karma. Waiting, watching, praying that the kiln will be your friend just this one... more... time.

Stage 6: Bag Lady and Bag Lady Junior. Pieces fired and delivered with the help of a trooper of a daughter, a very patient Bahamasair flight attendant, and nine kind and merciful aisle passengers who said nothing despite all of the jostling from 2 passengers with way too many carry on bags!

Stage 7: Mix and Mingle! Can't wait to spend some time with newfound fellow artists and art lovers from all walks of life right here in Paradise! Hope to see you on Thursday!

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Studio Tour

After years of working al fresco on the patio, 143 Pottery finally has a place to call home!  400 square feet of joy and satisfaction! 

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Business Cards

'Ocean's Bounty' vase featured on my business cards. I'll answer your call any time my hands aren't covered in clay!  

'Ocean's Bounty' vase featured on my business cards. I'll answer your call any time my hands aren't covered in clay!  

Time again to re-order business cards.  Still love the design, which features my sentimental favourite 'Ocean's Bounty' coiled and sculpted vase.   Now that I finally have a local phone number, it's time to update and get a whole new batch.  Thank goodness for small-run printing presses!