Liz Crain is a ceramic artist who creates colorful hand-formed vessels and sculptures. Many of her works contain strong narrative, expressive shapes and trompe l’oeil surfaces. While she employs a variety of surface treatments, she especially favors primitive, distressed and matte finishes.
She currently exhibits in local, regional and state competitions, events and venues. She is an Exhibiting Member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California, Santa Cruz Clay and the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center. Each October she participates in the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour.
Liz is a longtime volunteer Teaching Assistant in the Ceramics Department at Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA. She has guided the creation of several pieces of ceramic public art installed on campus, most notably a large free-form mosaic bench in use daily.
Liz has a BS in Sociology, but went on (a bit backwards, perhaps) to obtain both an AA in Studio Art and another in Art History. She also holds a Certificate in Fine Art from UC Santa Cruz. She has studied with over 15 noted ceramics instructors and professionals, including Open Studios Artists, Coeleen Kiebert, Andy Ruble, and Cynthia Siegel, as well as Kathryn McBride, Una Mjurka, Tiffany Schmierer and Stan Welsh.
Liz was born in Newport News, VA, but became a lifelong Californian at the age of five. She has lived in both the San Fernando and Santa Clara (Silicon) Valleys, spent the 1980s in the Sierra foothills in Amador County, and currently lives 1/2 mile from the Monterey Bay in Capitola.