I am an award-winning ceramic artist. I create ceramic sculpture and pottery for the home and garden. Spirit houses, cat and kitten mummies, large vessels, mouse mugs, tiles,and more. Also, encaustic collage !!!
2021 Tour: June 12 & 13thBarbara is a guest at a group show this year:
Willow Tree Pottery
24 Bebbington Road
I live in the woods in northeastern Connecticut where I create in a large, light, beautiful studio. I travel as frequently as possible to Europe and other more exotic places both for pleasure and inspiration. In the past few years I have found Thailand, Ethiopia, Iran, Outer Mongolia, Tunisia, India, Russia and the Silk Road through China and Central Asia to be wonderful sources of stimulation.
I am a sculptor and potter working with clay. I create simple forms based on, and evocative of, ancient rituals, artifacts and shamanic figures. When I discover forms in clay I am conscious of the continuity with other artists as they have created objects for thousands of years using the same methods of shaping and processing this most elemental material available.
Then…when I first encountered encaustic painting – probably the Fayum portraits – I was intrigued by the tactile sensual appearance and also charmed by this long history of artistic expression. And so I began a new pursuit with this challenging medium – and it continues – seeking to balance my creativity between mud and wax.