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Rob Barnard

Biography to Display: 

1949 Born Lexington, Kentucky

EDUCATION

1971-1974University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

1974Research Student, Kyoto University of Fine Arts, Kyoto, Japan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1987-1993Ceramics Editor, The New Art Examiner

1979—Studio Potter, Timberville, Virginia

Lecturer, Ceramics, The Catholic Univesity of America, Washington, DC

 

Rob Barnard is known as a master of functional wheel-thrown wood-fired stoneware. The iron content of his clay body fires to a rich reddish-brown color. Barnard’s unglazed pottery is fired raw in an anagama (wood-fired kiln) over a period of 3 days and nights. The surface effects and coloration are the direct result of the lengthy firing process.  Barnard’s pre 2004 work is predominantly unglazed; after 2004 a white slip was quickly applied. Barnard reports (August 10, 2017), “The glaze is a simple limestone glaze applied over white slip which is applied to the same clay body I use for the wood fired work. The white glazed work is fired in an oil kiln.”

Barnard’s work is frequently compared to Japanese Bizen ware and reflects his studies in Japan with master Janzuo Yagi. Barnard reports (August 10, 2017), “(I) Went to Japan as a research student at the Kyoto City University of Fine Arts. My teacher was Kazuo Yagi. I was enrolled there for 3 years and during my 4th year in Japan I was a private student of Yagi. My mark was adopted from a calligraphy that Yagi wrote for me on my departure from Japan which was “enshin”.  Enshin refers to the center of something being still while around it things spin (i.e. The calmness in the eye of a hurricane.)

 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick GalleryWashington, DC

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Website: www.rob-barnard.com

 

Typical Marks
ca 2000
Teapot
Date: ca 2000
Form: Teapot
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Sake Bottle
Form: Bottle
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Sake Cup
Form: Cup
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Large Bottle
Form: Bottle
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Octagon Bottle
Form: Bottle
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Bottle
Form: Bottle
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers
Vase
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 5, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/barnard