Artisan in Residence: Jillian Barber
Meet Jillian Barber and discover why mythical portraits and imaginary creatures are enduring themes in her ceramic work. She will talk about the many colorfully glazed masks, sculptures, jardinières, and sea creatures on display.
About Jillian Barber: Ms. Jillian Barber was born in Staffordshire, England, (the home of English pottery!) and grew up right here in Rhode Island. Jillian is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied clay with Norman Schulman and glass with Dale Chihuly. She is an award-winning ceramic sculptor and photographer who is well known for fantasy masks sculpted from individual portrait castings and imaginative, expressive mythical animals. The masks are richly textured and colorfully glazed combining her love of nature with the realm of symbols, archetypes, and dreams. Jillian’s clay animals also have a life of their own. They vary from small, whimsical, pea-eating dragons to large, crouching lionlike creatures. She loves to make lacy fish, seahorses, mermaids, and turtles for the wall. Each piece is made entirely by the artist’s hand of fine, white clay with textures of antique lace and shells.
Reservations are suggested.