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Barbara Sebastian

Biography to Display: 

1942 Born San Diego, California


1965 BA physical Education/Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, California

1982 BFA Ceramics, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

1985 MFA Sculpture, San Jose State University, San Jose, California


1975—Studio Potter, Fairfax, California


Barbara Sebastian is known for a range of work including small ceramic jars, bird shaped teapots, and architectural-scale clay murals.

The small jars are wheel thrown and carved to create a fluid surface illustrating water, lightening or atmosphere. The teapots in the form of a raven visually reflect an experience she had in Japan with a raven and a persimmon. In her large scale murals, and "wallworks," Sebastian explores abstraction, color and the material qualities of fired clay. These large-scale works are often done for corporate commissions.

Public Collections


Bibliography to Display: 

Lawton, Jim. 500 Teapots, Vol. 2. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2013.


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Source: Artist


Artist's Studio: Sebastian Art Barbara Sebastian Studios


Typical Marks
Date: 1998
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Raven Teapot on Books
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Unglazed
Covered Jar with Birds
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Sprig, Unglazed

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 25, 2023.