Barbara Efchak

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

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 and while the clay is still wet, the walls of the pots are cut and manipulated by twisting and pulling. The finished pieces are bisque fired and then 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.