- Barbara Donovan is a studio potter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she lives with her, husband, a couple sweet kitties, and two, much loved, bad dogs.
“I thought at one time I wanted to be a veterinarian, but a squeamish nature nipped that idea quickly. I was a crafty kid who hooked rugs and embroidered but didn’t discover clay until my second year in college.
Eventually, I received my MFA in 1989 and have been making animal pots of some sort or another ever since and I make colorful functional porcelain pottery inspired by wild things and quirky pets.
I currently love working with midrange domestic porcelain and electric fire to cone 6. Most pots are wheel thrown and then altered to accentuate the animal imagery. I know it’s supposed to be the throwing, but carving the designs is my favorite part! Over time the animals on the pots have slowly transformed from graceful and stoic expressionless creatures to the nervous, puzzled, frequently annoyed, sometimes painfully cute characters.
I hope to create well crafted and comfortable household items for joyful everyday use. Though a profession not without its challenges, I feel quite fortunate to be able to work as a potter daily.
Visit Barbara’s Etsy Store by clicking the image below:
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