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Mary Barringer

Biography to Display: 

1950Born Wilmington, Delaware (?)

EDUCATION

1968Sculpture, Summer School, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

1968-1972BA Ceramics, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

UnknownHaystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine

UnknownPenland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

UnknownArrowmont School of Art and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

1988, 1990Visiting Artist, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, North Edgecomb, Maine

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1973—Independent Studio Artist

1982-1988Lecturer in ceramics, Greater Hartford Community College, Hartford, Connecticut

1993-1994Visiting Lecturer, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

2003-2013Editor, Studio Potter journal

 

Mary Barringer is known for functional pots meant to be used for preparing and serving food. Barringer's works incorporate her belief that the surface technique needs to be integral to a pot’s construction and not only its appearance. She uses multiple layers of glaze and slip that are scratched, stained and sanded resulting in the integration of the surface decoration with the clay beneath.  Occasionally Barringer creates sculptural forms. 

While at Bennington College, Barringer studied with Stanley Rosen who encouraged her to visit other clay studios and working potters. Barringer visited artists around the United States including Karen Karnes, Dave Shaner, Ken Ferguson, Ralph Bacerra, Robert Arneson and Michael Frimkess. In the summer 1971, Barringer returned as an apprentice to Frimkess' studio in Venice, California. After college Barringer moved to Hartford, Connecticut and a few months later set up her first pottery studio, Park Street Potters. In the late 1980s Barringer moved to Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts where she lives and continues to work. In addition to her studio work she has written and lectured on ceramic history and was the editor of Studio Potter journal from 2003 to 2013.

An interview with Mary Barringer conducted November 20-21, 2011 by Sequoia Miller, for the Bard Graduate Center's Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project is available at:
http://www.bgccraftartdesign.org/items/show/15

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

rosenfieldcollection.com

The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Ceramics Collection, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Barringer, Mary. “The Social Life of Pouring Pots.” catalog essay. Minneapolis, MN: Northern Clay Center, 2005.

_____________. “Working Spaces.” Studio Potter 28, no. 1 (1999).

Morgenthal, Deborah, and Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott. The Penland Book of Ceramics: Master Classes in Ceramic Techniques. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2003.

Ostermann, Matthias. The Ceramic Surface. London: A&C Black, 2002.

Piepenburg, Robert. The Spirit of Clay. Ann Arbor, MI: Pebble Press, 1995.

Zakin, Richard. Electric Kiln Ceramics. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1994.

___________­__. Ceramics Mastering the Craft. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1990.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Red Lodge Clay Center

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: ArtStream Library

 

Typical Marks
1975
ca 1995
ca 2014
2014
2014
Thrown Jar
Date: 1975
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Bowl
Date: ca 1995
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Two Cups-red dot marks
Date: ca 2010
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Two cups showing foot, with red circles as the mark
Photo: Artist
Two cups showing foot, with red circles as the mark
Square Platter
Date: 2011
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Photo: Artist
Plate
Date: 2014
Method: Drape Mold
Surface Technique: Glaze
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Date: 2014
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
Rectangular Platter
Date: ca 2014
Method: Slab Built
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Creamer
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Oval Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 7, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/barringer