Barbara Goodfellow Childs - Ceramic Fine Art

Most studio time is spent at the potter's wheel creating functional high-fire stoneware pieces. "Working art" serving pieces are most intriguing. Slab-built and altered forms complement wheel-formed work. Hand-made stamps enhance glaze colors as they break and pool in the surface textures. Layering glazes create abstract pictures of water, trees, hills and skylines. All decorations somehow reflect Barb's love of the Pacific Northwest where she was born and raised. 

Sometimes Barb breaks away from functional pieces to experiment with low-fire decorative work. This includes sculptural pressed castings of native sea life, raku fired with copper glazes. Vases are either raku or saggar fired. Again, Barb is drawn to decorations that are Northwest in nature - salt-soaked ferns, leaves, hay, copper wire, feathers, horsehair, shells and other chemical colorants and combustibles are combined to create unique works.