Barbara is a Brighton-based ceramicist, exhibiting across England. During her earlier career in the fashion industry as a designer and pattern cutter, she began to explore clay as an alternative medium to fabric. In fashion, the layering of textiles and the power of the cut merge to find new balances and forms, the biomorphic and geometric held in tension. Her work in clay continues to explore this. She is fascinated by the geometry in nature, especially as growth and random chaotic forces skew and distort the initial perfect symmetry, leading to biomorphic and irregular forms.
Barbara’s ceramics explore the multi-layered effects nature creates via the laying down of strata, weathering and erosion. She endeavours to catch echoes of all this in her work whilst trying to embrace chance, the accidental and, as Henri Bergson said, the unforeseeable novelty.