Lisa Oakley finds her ’truth’ in glass blowing
By Kathy Watts
Lisa Oakey’s face shines bright red. She’s sweaty and covered with glass dust after working 60 minutes nonstop on a single piece for her Galaxy bowl series.
“At the end of the day, I can lick my lips and I can taste the salt,” she says as she gently places the 16-inch diameter bowl, still burning hot, in its cooling oven. “I feel like I’ve been working.”
People who know North Carolina’s artistic heritage would not be surprised to find an Oakley getting dirty for the sake of art. But they might have expected Lisa Oakley’s medium to be clay, not glass – for her to take up the tradition that brought renown to her father, potter and painter Sid Oakley.