Barbara Efchak

My love of pottery was inspired over twenty-five years ago at Middlebury, Vermont’s Frog Hollow Gallery — the work I saw there motivated me to become a potter myself.

My work is reminiscent of botanical forms. Although these forms are not intended to be floral, I am borrowing suggestions from nature to create these pieces. The process involves throwing a vessel on the potter’s wheel then cutting, manipulating, twisting and pulling it while the clay is still wet. The finished pieces are then bisque fired and glaze fired in a gas kiln.

My intent when creating these pieces is to keep both the organic nature of the clay and the hand of the artist visible. I intentionally leave horizontal throwing rings as evidence of the process of creating the forms on the potter’s wheel and keep some of the clay unglazed. The toasty quality of the clay serves as a textural contrast to the glaze areas, allowing the clay to remain an integral part of the finished piece. My preferred palette of white, gold, green and pink/red  has been chosen to compliment these botanical forms.

In these works my love of gardening and flowers merges with my love of pottery. While rooted in functional forms such as bowls, pitchers and vases these sculptural pieces transcend function.