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Barbara Higgins

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.

Barbara trained at Penland School of Crafts in western North Carolina, and has been teaching ceramics in the Chapel Hill area since 1989. She is the developer and manager of The Clay Centre, a small school for pottery in Carrboro NC, which opened in June, 2002.

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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 Crane Tumbler by Barbara Higgins
Gold Crane Tumbler
Gold Bamboo Vase
Gold Bamboo Vase
Hummingbird
Hummingbird platter
Turtle tea bowl
Turtle tea bowl
Folded vase
Folded vase


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