I thrive on the alchemy of the process of clay in my life. Alchemy doesn't give me gold from mud, (much as I'd enjoy that,) but that isn't my goal. A change to beauty is my goal.
I work at the clay studio of Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Clay offers transformations: it's a process of slamming to wedge the clay, centering to throw on the wheel, pushing or pulling or combining elements of clay, giving attention to detail, experimenting, accepting mistakes, laughing at yourself, learning the limitations of the medium, making friends in the studio, sighing at glazes that failed your expectations, smashing the failures into the trash, and the joy when a nice surprise happens in the kiln.
You might say I like the scientific method in art, exploring the possibilities of a new idea with clay. If I think of something I've never seen, I may want to try it. Or if I see something from centuries ago, I may try making it just to feel connected to those ancient craftspersons.
I received a BFA in ceramics at the University of Florida in 1983, after having apprenticed myself to a friend potter back in the 70's. I continued my studies at UF and got two graduate degrees in Counselor Education. Before retiring I offered counseling to seniors and became an Activity Director.
I'm happy to talk with you about sales. Contact me at my email address any time...blackmtnbarb@gmail DOT com.
Appalachian Potters Market, McDowell Arts Council, Marion NC High School Dec, 2016.
"Art by the Tracks" show for Old Depot Association, Black Mountain, NC Oct. 2016.
"Birds in Our Backyard" Black Mountain Center for the Arts gallery, Hummingbird platter, Sept, 2016.
Top Pottery Blog of 2015, 8th place. Pottery Making Blog, and monthly listings at potterymakinginfo.blog
Top Pottery Blog of 2014, 11th place
Gallery of Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Clay Studio student & teacher exhibit, each December through February, 2008 to present, sale on first Fri. evening in Dec.
Swanannoa Valley Fine Arts League member 2015-17.
Shows at the Red House, (SVFAL)
"Member's Show," August 2016. Rose Jar.
"Now and Then" May 2016. Goddess and fairy Tree, and Three tree friends.
"Art on the Lawn," at Monte Vista Hotel, Black Mountain, NC Oct 2015.
What's the Buzz at Black Mountain Center for the Arts gallery, Black Tea Set with bees, Sept-Oct 2015.
Appalachian Potters Show, Marion NC High School, 2014 - 2016
Mudbuddies, a cooperative group of clay artists who sell at the Tailgate Market every Saturday morning May-Oct, in Black Mountain, NC (Also at the Holiday Market, each year the Sat. before Thanksgiving.)
Clay Studio of Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Independent Student and volunteer since 2008 to present.
Bring Back the Monarchs, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 2014, 2 wall hangings displayed.
Blue to Black Studio Tour, 2013. Opened my home/studio for guests.
North Carolina Clay Club member at large, http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/
"va*ri*eIties" of Western North Carolina Clay Show, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC 2012, (TRAC is Toe River Arts Council), guest of Clay Club
Cottage Studio Sale, Open house in my studio, September, 2012.
Folk Art Center of Blue Ridge Parkway, Volunteer, (Southern Highlands Craft Guild) 2011-2013 including volunteer for Guild Show 2 years, in Asheville, NC.
My other blogs are:
When I Was Sixty Nine which focused more on personal archives, and other areas besides pottery from Sept 2012 to March 2015.
Living in Black Mountain a picture a day of the great area around Black Mountain, posted 734 times.
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