Ceramist Lisa Harris, who is on the Lillstreet Gallery faculty, has been a practicing artist and instructor in Chicago for over 20 years. She has evolved from creating functional pottery—plates, cups, bowls—to more sculptural work such as architecturally inspired vessels, decorative bas-relief tiles, as well as larger scale mural installations. Her tiles reflect her interest in both ceramic history and architectural ornamentation. Hand-made from white earthenware, the tiles are press-molded or cut from slabs, individually decorated, and glazed. Some tiles are hand-painted to achieve an ancient, time-worn appearance. Others receive a single glaze for a more traditional look. Harris holds a BFA from Grinnell College and completed post-graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.