Barb Campbell is predominantly a self-taught artist with a degree in Anthropology from Oregon State University. She has maintained a thriving working studio for several decades. She has led and taught workshops throughout the Northwest and co-taught many workshops in Mexico. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times magazines. She has exhibited in Mexico, Japan and throughout the United States. Barb has been a visiting artist in residence at Juniata College, Huntington, Pennsylvania, Visiting artist in residency in Oaxaca, Mexico and most recently an Artist in residence at the Gerda Gruber Foundation in the Yucatan, Mexico.
Barb has been an active participant for many years in the thriving wood fire communities of the Pacific Northwest. She is grateful for being invited into these kilns. Her travels in Mexico have led to an exploration into making art with paper and other materials. Her style and form is spontaneous and lively. Her pottery is expressive and functional as a means to enhance everyday life.
I was fortunate to have learned the fundamentals of working with clay from a gifted young teacher in the 70’s. Dennis Staats was my mentor throughout my high school years. He took me under his wing as an independent study studen. He taught me how to mix clay and glaze. How to construct and consider a pot. The foot, lip, and belly, the inside and outside spaces. How does a cup feel when you touch it and bring it to your lip? He taught me that clay can be an instrument and be formed to express ideas and emotions. Clay=poetry. Clay=life. I found my material! I am eternally grateful to both.