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Meet Lissi Kaplan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lissi Kaplan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lissi. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my creative journey as an Opera singer like my mother, who was my first voice teacher at age 13. I entered USC as a voice major and the pressure of majoring in something I loved and that came naturally to me was now becoming a burden and all the joy was suddenly lost.

So I changed my major to Sociology and minored in music and my joy for singing came alive again. I’m telling you this story because I feel once you are a creative you can be an artist in many forms. Years went by, I raised three children and I entered an interior design program at UCLA, I loved it, my spirit became alive again. I started my own Interior design studio and after 10 years, things in my life started changing.

My sister and mother both developed breast cancer and my creative flow was heartbroken. My sister thrived and survived but my beautiful, talented mother passed away, and I was lost. Going through her heirlooms after her passing I became obsessed with her hand painted Porcelain pieces! It was like time stood still as I was peering into the spirit of an artist long ago who painted theses cups, teapots, plates vases and other pieces.

I said to myself “who is painting these pieces now? And what is so magical about this art form?” I have become obsessed with painting on Porcelain ever since! The minute I started learning this art form I could feel my heart was coming along for the ride! My first big commission was painting for the Governor’s office during the Gray Davis administration, I painted Poppy Designed handPainted trays for our visiting Dignitaries.

My work can be found in collections of Deepak Chopra, Tony Blair and Madelene Albright to name a few.

I’m also in the Collection of the Late Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. But the excitement really started building when I was asked to paint all the teaware for The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel in 1999, the opening order was 600 pieces! Because my tea ware was. So we’ll receive a well-known publisher Judith Regan was having tea at the hotel, saw my hand painted teaware and said she felt my spirit, through my art and wanted to meet with me that evening, it was

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
After the meeting, Judith Regan offered me a book deal “The Power of a TeaCup.” Regan Books 2003. Many more 5 star hotels commissioned my teaware and my porcelain painting was off and running. It is a very difficult art form and painting hundreds a piece at a time can really test your endurance and dedication, but like they say” practice makes perfect!”

Losing my mother and finding this sacred art form to honor her was very healing for me, I may not be singing that much anymore, but each piece I paint is in a way like a little melody, and my spirit is in each stroke.

Please tell us about Lissi Kaplan.
My business model is based on my hand-painted porcelain pieces first, everything is an offshoot of this art form. A Porcelain artist is like an oil painter, my canvas is porcelain. I paint custom Pieces and Collections for private collectors and hotels. The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills and El Encanto Hotel In Santa Barbara were my clients also.

I’m very proud of my new venture! I took all my designs,20 years worth and I went crazy, and now I have home goods, clothing, stationery, and more, with redbubble.com/people/lissi714 and an exciting bedding, wallpaper, linen line with roostery.com/e?=lissikaplan.

This is such an exciting time for me! Seeing my designs on other products besides porcelain is a dream come true! I’m actually seeing my dresses and scarfs and bed linens on other people and I’m giddy!

I think it is important to always push yourself to the next level. when I get depressed or in a low mood I know it is time for me to find a new creative outlet, and it is so worth the push at any age you can keep growing and exploring there is no limit and to not be shy about putting it out there! be proud, that you are living up to your potential! Using all your gifts! No More waiting!!

I wrote another book last year called “Light as a Feather.” about a little when trying to find his song and the spiritual journey he went through to get there, this story is truly my heart and based in part by a true story.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would do it all the same, I look at my life and I see that each step brought me here, each struggle was a gift, it was the weight I needed to push myself to the next level!

My love of the natural world since I was a small child was waiting for me to tap into as I grew older and I drew strength from the inner peace it brought me.

Pricing:

  • handpainted Porcelain pieces range from 65.00 -3,000.00 tea cup and saucer 200.00 a set
  • Light as a Feather Book 30.00, Dresses 50.00 Scarfs 33.00 sheets 190.00-249.00 Duet Covers! 80.00-250.00
  • gift cards 2.00 spiral journals 24.00 “The Power of a TeaCup Book.” 15.00

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3 Comments

  1. Linda M. Cucher

    July 10, 2018 at 17:45

    Lissi Kaplan is multi talented! Her work is a delight to behold…And in a sometimes dark world, the beauty of Lissi’s work brings great light & joy!

  2. Christine Wheeler

    July 11, 2018 at 13:42

    Lissi Kaplan is beyond the word Talented. Each piece she creates showcases the beauty of nature. Lissi’s heart and soul are evident in her creations. I am happy to say I am the lucky owner of several pieces which I treasure dearly. There is something about Lissi’s work that just makes you smile when you see it.

  3. Sindi Schwartz

    September 21, 2018 at 16:50

    Lissi , is my sister.
    She has always had the inner depth and understanding that “all things are connected to one another.”

    She brings life to the smallest details and her gentle strokes are more beautiful in person .

    At home, on my favorite chest , I keep one of Lissi ‘s Coffee pots, sugar bowl and creamer out just so I can walk by the beauty each day and say…. Ahhhhh !

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