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Lois Hirshberg

Biography to Display: 

1947 Born Quincy, Massachusetts


1969 BA Sociology, New York University, New York, New York

1971 MEd Mental Health Counseling, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

1987 MA Art Therapy, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


1973— Studio Potter

1987-2005 Guidance Counselor, K.C. Coombs School, Mashpee, Massachusetts


1978-1979 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel



Lois Hirshberg is known for hand-built slab vessels and custom tiles; she has worked with both high-fire and low-fired clay bodies. High-fired wares are placed in a fireclay container (saggars) and then placed in the kiln to be fired.

Hirshberg is influenced by a Japanese sense of design and simplicity and favors raku firing including a surface technique in which the glaze firing is terminated when the glaze begins to melt (orange-hot in color), removing the object with tongs and directly plunging it into a container of horse hair and closing the lid. The heat of the object combusts the horsehair using up the oxygen and creating a reduction atmosphere. After three minutes, the object is plunged into water to fix the surface effect.  Another surface treatment used by Hirshberg is terra sigillata.


Signature, “Hirshberg” in script, usually on side of pot, inscribed using her grandmother’s knitting needle.




Typical Marks
Untitled #2
Form: Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab-Built
The State of Clay, Lexington, MA, 2016
Photo: TMP
The State of Clay, Lexington, MA, 2016
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 23, 2023.