Surrounded by my studio garden.

West Virginia lies below an important avian migration route.  To support this asset, I donate 1% of my sales to my local Audubon chapter.

A Bit About Me & My Work


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My work is rooted in Early American slipware, which was in common use when my early-1800s house was constructed.  It's nearly impossible to avoid unearthing pot sherds whenever I work in the garden & I love knowing that in the making of my work I continue an historical tradition.  

My little studio is tucked into the rolling Appalachian foothills near the Shenandoah River in lovely & historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.   Using earthenware clay on the potter's wheel & paper templates, I create utilitarian pots with a folksy sensibility. My designs reflect many simple things I hold dear .  .  .  green ferns unfurling from a rain-soaked forest floor; a cheerful patch of zinnias in my sunny cottage garden; daily walks through the surrounding woods & fields; the sound of nesting songbirds.   The handpainted surfaces are rich in color and subtle texture, influenced by the exuberant culture of my Kenyan childhood, where vibrant hues and bold patterns dominate textiles & personal adornment, and where creativity & resourcefulness are a part of everyday life. 

As a juried member of Tamarack, I am proud to represent the best of West Virginia handcraft.  I was a participant in the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts' Rural to Urban Markets Program (2014-16), and the recipient of a 2011 West Virginia Division of Culture & History Individual Artist Grant to further develop my tile line.

I have a BA in Art History/Archaeology from the University of Maryland at College Park

  Lisa kovatch pottery colorful functional pottery in Harpers Ferry Earthenware pottery