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Gallery hours are 10am - 3pm, M - F and Saturdays by appointment.

To contact the Clay Centre: Call 919-967-0314 or email bjjhiggins@msn.com

To purchase pieces pictured, visit the Gallery in Carrboro or order online at www.Etsy.com/shop/ClayCentreGallery. Order by phone from the Gallery in Carrboro at 919-967-0314. We accept credit cards and offer gift certificates for pottery.



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The courtyard in the Clay Centre
The courtyard in the Clay Centre
Peach tumbler - Click to enlarge
Peach tumbler
Bluebird Platter. Click to enlarge.
Bluebird Platter
Bodhi Leaf Platter. Click to enlarge
Bodhi Leaf Platter
Gray matte bud vase. Click to enlarge.
Gray matte bud vase
Porcelain Pot. Click to enlarge
Porcelain Pot
Blue Bodhi Bowl. Click to enlarge.
Blue Bodhi Bowl
Goldfinch Tea Bowl. Click to enlarge
Goldfinch Tea Bowl
Gold Ginkgos. Click to enlarge.
Gold Ginkgos
Blue Ginkgo Dish. Click to enlarge.
Blue Ginkgo Dish



Candleholder Barbara's functional stoneware and porcelain pots are wheel-thrown and handbuilt. Many pieces show her interest in texture and stamps of ancient symbols, which add depth and movement to the design. Her imagery is from the natural world - streams, dragonflies, cranes, turtles, and leaves. Love of this natural world is a recurring theme.

Stoneware pieces are glazed with a saturated iron glaze or cobalt glaze over a stoneware body, and are fired in oxidation to approximately 2180 degrees Fahrenheit. Porcelain pieces are glazed with chun glazes in a soft palette. Her combination of patterns and symbols combine the contemporary with the ancient in a classical way.

To make the slab pieces pictured, a slab is carved and bisque-fired, then a fresh porcelain slab is rolled over the bisqued slab to pick up the pattern. The piece is then cut from the wet slab and put together with slip and coils. Patterns are highlighted with underglaze and the piece is bisque fired, glazed and fired.

The images are frequently water or stream images and include cranes, skies (clouds and moon), leaves, bamboo, turtles, dragonflies and more. A feeling of the ephemera of a day pervades each piece and urges us to absorb and relish every moment.

Barbara trained at Penland School of Crafts in western North Carolina, and has taught ceramics in the Chapel Hill area since 1989. She is the developer and manager of The Clay Centre, a venue for artist studios and a gallery in Carrboro NC, which opened in June, 2002.

Bluebird plate
Bluebird plate
Blue bud vase
Blue bud vase
Blue ginkgo pot 1
Blue ginkgo pot 1
Blue platter
Blue platter
Indigo blue sushi set 2
Indigo blue sushi set 2
Oval sunflower platter 2
Oval sunflower platter 2
Overlap blue ginkgo dish
Overlap blue ginkgo dish
Small blue dish 2
Small blue dish 2
Sunflower dish 1
Sunflower dish 1
Gray crane plate
Gray crane plate
Stoneware Tea Set
Stoneware Tea Set
Gold Bamboo Vase
Gold Bamboo Vase
Hummingbird
Hummingbird platter
Turtle tea bowl
Turtle tea bowl
Espresso set
Espresso Set
Light blue ginkgo leaf
Light Blue Ginkgo Leaf


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The Clay Centre Gallery 402 Lloyd St. Carrboro, NC 27510 (919) 967-0314