Lisa Horkin

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Transitional Chair

wood chair, acrylic paint, chalk, apoxie, blown and sculpted glass

34” x 14” x 16”


Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Barn-Wood Table With Flower

old wood table and acrylic paint

16” x 17” x 37”


Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Olive’s Chair

furniture and acrylic paint

37” x 16” x 16”




Lisa Horkin studied painting, glassblowing, and ceramics and has a degree in fine art from the Columbus College of Art and Design. After graduating, Lisa worked in painting and textiles for nearly 15 years exhibiting, lecturing, and teaching, before returning to glass blowing in 2002. She has been creating works in glass ever since. Lisa primarily creates blown glass bowls and vases. Having found old furniture to paint over the years, Lisa found that her love of painting is still strong, and she finds much inspiration from old worn furniture. Lisa has begun to introduce painting into her glass art, and decided to introduce glass into her painted furniture embarking on a new creative journey.
Lisa states, “My training is in fine arts. I love to create no matter the materials; I just have to learn the tools of the medium. I love creating works of art!”




Sturdy creations that have outlived their time, I strive to give a new life to these remnants of other lives and places. I enjoy painting them and giving old furniture new purpose and value.

I look for furniture to paint in flea markets or have them thrust upon me by friends who still see possibilities in a piece that no longer suits them. I don’t find all furniture inspirational to paint, but there is no firm set of parameters that I look for. It must be structurally sound enough for continued service, and then somehow speak to me through a certain age, quality, style, and personality. Ornate or simple, practical or decorative, the origins of each piece present both possibilities and limitations.

Starting with a solid frame but worn exterior, I add value by using the surface as a canvas. My intention is not to place a facade of pretty makeup on the surface of the furniture, it is to give it new worth by turning it into a painting.

To me, this transformed furniture is an illustration of an aging society looking to be useful. I can still look in the mirror and be surprised that a 20 year old me is not looking back at me: I feel youthful and active, I hike, I rock climb, I blow glass. I still set goals for myself. I am no different than I have ever been. I don’t try to transform my furniture by giving it a new youth, I try to take its still-abundant value and give the viewer new tools to appreciate it all.