Lisa Horkin has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design where she studied glass blowing, ceramics, and painting. Before concentrating on blowing glass, Lisa worked in painted textile mixed media. She showed through local art organizations such as Ohio Designer Craftsmen and internationally as part of The Art Quilt Network. Lisa returned to glass as a means of creative expression in 2002, creating blown glass vessels. Over the years, Lisa has attended intensive workshops led by world-renowned glass artists at the Studio at Corning Museum of Glass as well as Pittsburgh Glass Center. She began carving glass vessels in 2016 and in 2018 attended a two-week-long intensive workshop with carving maestros, the Ferro brothers of Murano, Italy. She has worked in private studios assisting other glass artists and assisting several resident artists at the Works in Newark, Ohio. Lisa now uses combinations of pattern and design work as she did with her painted textiles mixed media, exploring the use of layered glass color exposed by carving the vessels and exploring sculpting the vessel form. Lisa still shows locally with various art groups and has sold through local galleries, and showed for five years at Studios On High. She is the recipient of several grants and teaches glass in various studios. She was invited as a visiting artist to the glass studio at the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Lisa currently gives public glass-blowing demonstrations and teaches glass-blowing at the Franklin Park Conservatory.
I've always felt a creative drive as an extension of my fascination with the physical qualities of the world around me, particularly the natural world. When I was very young it was the smell and feel of paint through my fingers as I smeared it around on wet paper and the feel of pounding a nail and it sinking into a piece of scrap wood to build a "ship". Today that same physical fascination flows through more complex processes, and I see the details of the physical world with a better understanding of their complexities, but that same childlike wonderment and need to feel still drives me.