Barbara’s first memory of working with clay was in an art class at the Canton Art Institute in Canton, Ohio as an elementary student. It wasn’t until she was adult that she studied wheel throwing in her hometown of Alliance, Ohio; (which hooked her for life). When she moved to Temple, Texas in 1988, she began throwing daily at the Cultural Activities Center. Later she studied with Titia Arledge and worked as a production potter for Titia’s Salado pottery where she became more proficient at throwing clay and glazing techniques.
Barbara has been fortunate to live in an area of great instructors - Paul McCoy, Cap Brooks, and the group at Clayworks in Austin. She attended seminars at the Medocino Art Institute at Motherearth in Sunnyvale, California with Linda Arbuckle, Lana Wilson, and Randy Brodneax.
Barbara concentrates on function wheel thrown pieces fired in earthenware and stoneware ranges and likes to mix her own glazes. She loves color, texture and the imaginative use of majolica techniques.
Barbara has expanded her creative talents to include fabric arts such as purses, bags, wine carriers etc.
“I love to foster other artists and endeavor to bring the real, handmade non mass produced artisan to avail of the consumer.”