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Barbara Tipton, Barbara Harmer Tipton, Barb Tipton

Biography to Display: 

Born 1942 Kankakee, Illinois



1969 BFA Ceramics, Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Arts), Memphis, Tennessee

1975 MFA Ceramics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio



1982 – Associate Editor, Ceramics Monthly, Columbus, Ohio

1975 – Studio artist

2002–16 Sessional Instructor, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada



Barbara Tipton is best known for wheel-thrown and hand-built and/or altered stoneware and porcelain ‘wall forms’ sculptures of teacup and saucer. Often the cups are wheel-thrown and flattened. Once the cup has set, the saucer and handle are attached. Tipton applies multiple slips and glazes and fires each sculpture several times in an electric kiln. In another body of work, Tipton throws plate forms and decorates them with unique narrative illustrations using slips and glazes.

Tipton was married to the ceramic artist John Chalke, with whom she ran Wild Rose Pottery.



Public Collections to Display: 

Alberta Foundation for the Art, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary Public Art Collection, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, Texas

University of Alberta Permanent Collection, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Bibliography to Display: 

Alberta Foundation for the Arts. “Barbara Tipton.” Barbara Tipton – People – AFA Virtual Museum (

Tipton, Barbara. “A Utha Symposium,” Ceramics Monthly 31, no. 8 (October 1983): 48 – 51.  ceramics-monthly-oct83-cei1083d.pdf (

Tipton, Barbara. Answers to Potters’ Questions. Columbus: Ceramics Monthly, 1989.

Tipton, Barbara. Ideas for Potters: Selected from Over Thirty Years of Readers’ Suggestions. Columbus: Ceramics Monthly, 1983. 

Tipton, Barbara. “Oxidation Glazes for Porcelain,” Ceramics Monthly 30, no. 2 (February 1982): 46 – 48. ceramics-monthly-feb82-cei0282d.pdf (

Tipton, Barbara. “Personal Website. Barbara Tipton Ceramics

Tipton, Barbara. “Symbolic Clay,” Ceramics Monthly 35, no. 10 (December 1987): 31 – 35. ceramics-monthly-dec87-cei1287d.pdf (

Tipton, Barbara. “Using Reduction Glazes in Oxidation,” Ceramics Monthly 29, no. 7 (September 1981): 56 – 58. ceramics-monthly-sep81-cei0981d.pdf (

Tipton, Barbara. “Zinc Borate in Oxidation Glazes,” Ceramics Monthly 30, no. 10 (December 1982): 56. ceramics-monthly-dec82-cei1282d.pdf (




Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

“Tipton” at Base, “BH” (Large “H” with a smaller “B” in the middle of the “H”) at Base, “BT” at Base


ca 1970-1980
Date: 2004
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Date: ca 1970-1980
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.3 x 15.4 inches
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.32
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.32

Citation: Lange, Hanna. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 23, 2023.