My name is Lisa Schmidt and I’m the owner of Good Press. I’ve been designing tiles for years but I officially opened my Seattle studio in the fall of 2012.
I took my first ceramics classes while attending Massachusetts College of Art many years ago. Although I loved working with clay, I was excited about the idea of designing space and working collaboratively with other people. That ultimately led to a career in architecture.
I love drawing and designing space but there is nothing like the freedom of working with clay. Ceramics is an art form that allows a tremendous range of creative exploration. From form and function to surface design and color, the possibilities are endless. I find inspiration from a wide variety of sources including: textiles, origami, quilts, Islamic patterns, M.C. Escher, Charley Harper, woodcut prints, puzzles, and, of course, nature. The list is constantly growing and influencing what I’m working on.
When I began designing tiles, I wondered why we don’t tile surfaces with amorphic shapes. That led to my first interlocking tiles. They began as abstract shapes but I started to enjoy the challenge of finding characters in them. My process is very traditional but I strive to push the boundaries of form with imagination and a sense of humor.