How my summer began

barbara Haystack

June 14, 2009 I began my two weeks at Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts.  This was a new experience for me on many levels.  My college years were spent commuting not dorming.   I had never lived with anyone I was not related to by birth or marriage.  My BA in communications and BS in occupational therapy didn’t incorporate many hours practicing visual arts.   What a luxury to have unlimited time to spend in a clay studio.

Our instructor, SunKoo Yuh infused everything with enthusiasm.  SunKoo Yuh is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens. He received his MFA from Alfred University.  His work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea; the Oakland Museum of Art, California; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  You can view him talking about his narrative work in this youtube video SunKoo Video

I was fortunate to be surrounded talented classmates and teaching assistants. Michelle Coates has written a book Creative Pottery Step- by –Step Guide and Showcase

Judy Hugentobler creates these amazing beach glass mosaic sculptures.  I’m still processing this experience and am sure I will have more to say about it as I begin to sculpt again.haystack group photo

About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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One Response to How my summer began

  1. Barbara – are those your two pieces in front of you??? I love, Love, LOVE them!

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