Lony Maya Neubauer
Lony Maya Neubauer grew up on the Island of Föhr in the very Northern
part of Germany. The warm climate and college brought her to California
years ago. Lony has lived in Northern and Southern California; however, she
now resides here in Vallejo, a waterfront community about 40 minutes
northeasterly of San Francisco.
Lony first came in contact with clay during her junior-high-school year, and
the desire to start working with clay again grew stronger over the years. The
continuing appreciation for the visual arts led her in January of 2018 to start
a ceramics class in Walnut Creek, California.
In October of 2018, Lony joined the Mare Island Art Studios, formerly known
as Coal Shed Art Studio, on Mare Island. She is honored to be among the 18
other very talented resident artists, an eclectic group of painters, ceramists,
sculptors, metalworkers, woodworkers, printmakers, photographers, textile
artists and makers of various other mediums, whom provide help for all
makers and regularly exhibit events at their gallery at the Mare Island Art
I consider myself a studio ceramist making functional, wheel-thrown, and
hand-built ceramics; primarily, I work with porcelain, but I will work with a
darker clay body on occasion. I enjoy creating exclusive batches of vibrant
color pieces for the home and the dining room table. I also love exploring
other forms and décor.
Typically, I incorporate mid-century modern and abstract designs into my
ceramics but often enjoy leaving a created piece pure, but mostly I am
adding color to surfaces by omitting the final glaze to create a demonstrative
contrast between the outside and the glazed inside of the pieces. Often
decoration is applied using colorful underglazes, designs, and sometimes
carved repeating patterns.
The connection I create between the ceramic piece and collector is essential
to me. There is a moment during the creative process, I feel when the vessel
is ready, where I visualize the final piece, which will be used on the table or
rest on the mantel as décor. That moment is indefinite, forever, and is
satisfying in every way as a creative.
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