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Lisa Genthner

Lisa Genthner

Lisa, a Nantucket native, began taking ceramics classes at the AAN at the age of ten, and learned to weave her first Nantucket Lightship Basket when she was eleven. Today, her small business Nantucket Cane & Clay showcases these two art forms. When she’s not crafting, you can find Lisa on the water (she’s a Coast Guard licensed captain) or exploring a new faraway place (she’s been to 6 of the 7 continents).

Artist Statement

Growing up on Nantucket, I didn’t have to go far to see the gorgeous glimmer of evening light reflecting off the ocean or hear the gentle rustle of beach grass in the breeze. While earning my B.A. in neuroscience from Dartmouth College, it was sailing and ceramics that kept me grounded to my island home.

To this day, it brings me great happiness to create a mug reminiscent of days spent on the water, a bowl that feels bathed in sunlight, or a basket which beautifully marries the traditional Nantucket style with contemporary colors. I strive to craft art that isn’t just reserved for special occasions- my pieces are meant to be used and enjoyed everyday. I hope you find a little bit of Nantucket cheer in my work!