I am a potter/sculptor, based in Strasburg, Virginia. I’ve been a potter since 1993. Unless you count the awesome pink clay duck I made when I was 9 (which still sits in my kitchen window as a reminder of my rocky beginnings). Once my first class began, I knew I had found my calling.
I had been a painter, and mixed media sculptor, dabbling in both comic illustration, and advertisement. But working with clay, was where I found myself both inspired, and centered.
”It starts out as a mountain, and over thousands of years, it becomes clay. After we fire it, it becomes a ‘mountain’ again.” – Gail Kelly
I see clay as the most humble, & natural medium to work with. The concept that clay is simply decomposed granite, that we as artists are able to gently coerce into form, then fire, and make it back into the crystalline stone structure that it once was, is an amazing thing to me. Only the shape has changed. To me, clay has an energy, something it’s collected over the ages, through its travels, and transformations. It allows me to form it, and although forcing the clay is an option…when the clay “tells” you what it wants to do, the final piece is much more satisfying.
For me, pottery holds the spirit of the artist, each piece, an identifying mark of who that artist is. So sharing ones work, is essentially, sharing a part of yourself.
An artform, both beautiful, and functional, that has lasted through the ages, and will hopefully continue to do so for ages to come.
Barbarah's work can be found online and at The Gallery
Henna Mugs : Wheel thrown dark brown stoneware, hand carved organic Henna/Mehndi patterns with glazed interior/rims/handles, kiln fired to 2232°F
Fluted Caramel Mugs : Wheel thrown warm brown stoneware clay, hand fluted texture, glazed and kiln fired to 2232°F