Nancy Barbour


Nancy Barbour received her MFA from the University of Florida, in Gainesville Fl. Her Bachelor degree at Humboldt State University, in Arcata Ca. She Coordinated the Ceramics programs at the Mendocino Art Center, and Colorado Mountain College, in Aspen Co. She lived in Northern China for three years where she taught art classes at the International School of Tianjin, studied Chinese painting, and enjoyed a ceramic residency at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen. She has been an artist in residence at The Mendocino Art Center, and the Carbondale Clay Center. Nancy is a member of the San Diego Potters Guild and creates her work at their studio in Spanish Village, in Balboa Park. Nancy will be teaching at the newly created Craft center on the campus of the University of California San Diego. She is excited to be living in the city where she grew up.

Artist Statement

Working with porcelain, I create my wares on the potter’s wheel. A softly thrown form can be altered by touch to become a little less machine made. This personalizes the work, and can reinforce images drawn on the surface to create a setting for a viewer to enjoy. A squared,
covered jar can allude to home. Porches, patios, and verandas can be depicted to create a sense of cultivated shelter.

Growing plants, rugs with flip flops, and curtains or window shades for privacy can create a setting that welcomes and calms. A distant view of horizon and sea beckons a viewer to sit and watch. Grasses blowing in the breezes, fuchsia flowers hanging on a covered porch, these create an intimate space from which one can view a distant landscape of immense space. A constant sense of motion can be described by vines that travel across surfaces, a temple bell blowing in the wind, or the unfurling of a young fern reaching fearlessly into space.

From a place of shelter we rejuvenate ourselves. A viewer can feel invited to step into a setting and become involved with a piece through its continued use.