Lisa Codella

“As a writer, potter and painter, my message in clay often echoes my message in the other media I work in: We are loved, our flaws are an essential part of our beauty, and we are irrevocably connected.”

Born in The Bahamas, Lisa Codella spent her childhood in the capital city, Nassau, where she first encountered a love for working with ceramics at 12 years old. An alumna of The College of The Bahamas and the University of Miami, she spent over 20 years as a corporate public relations and marketing practitioner until finally deciding to shed all fears, embrace her creative calling, and fall hands first into her love of clay. Today, she is a full-time artist in Grand Bahama, where she balances her time between her home studio, 143 Pottery, and her retail outlet for her ceramics and other handmade Bahamian gifts, Coastal Mojo.

“My hope is that more people will embrace a reality that understands that the ideal approach for unity in this world is not to make everyone the same, but to give the same importance to all of our glorious differences. Balance is only achieved through providing equal weight to seemingly opposing forces.  I believe that the more we share our stories, understand each other, and expect rather than fear differences, the more we will see a shift in our personal energy and a restoration of balance to this precious planet that we share.”

Lisa Codella’s creative practice is inspired by what she calls “the perfect imperfection of Nature” and by the history and legends of The Bahamas. Her ceramic work often reflects this wabi sabi approach to life through the use of asymmetry, flowing lines, or raw edges. The underlying conversation that runs through her work is consistently a call to appreciate the beauty of our unique idiosyncrasies.

 “Whether Arawak, European or African, all of these influences come together to make us who we are as Bahamians. I strive to embrace them all and appreciate them fully. I hope to express this appreciation through my art and begin a conversation that is rooted in my belief that our differences can and should be opportunities for connection rather than definitive boundaries of separation.”