Barbara Lock

Barbara attended the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art from 1972 to 1975 and on completion of the course moved to Cambridge where she set up a small pottery studio producing domestic wares which were sold through craft fairs and shops. It was at this stage she began to explore hand building with particular reference to coiling. After a temporary change of direction she taught pottery to young adults with learning difficulties in the London borough of Brent and then in 1989 moved to South Wales to re establish herself as a potter where she concentrated exclusively on hand building.

All pieces are coiled, starting either with a thumb pot or a rolled out base. Once completely formed it is smoothed over and covered with slips and oxides. These are applied in multiple washes of colour. As they dry out they bleed into each other and affect the colour changes. Sometimes areas are masked off to give heightened contrast and pattern.
After prolonged burnishing the pieces are slowly dried out then fired in an electric kiln. They are removed from the kiln whilst still warm and polished with beeswax.

Latterly the interest has been in a more sculptural form rather than pots and birds have been taken as a starting point both as a form and mode of expression. Additionally the work draws inspiration both from the land and seascape of South Wales and the patterns that are found in the native arts of North America.

Member of the Crafts Potters Association
Member of South Wales Potters
Former Officer of the Makers Guild in Wales

Ht 29cm

Bird II
Ht 37 cm

Bird III
Ht 30cm

Birds IV, V, VI
Ht approx 13cm

Ht 26cm

Ht 36cm

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