Barbara Banfield, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Ice bucket, 16 in. (41 cm) in height, soda-fired porcelain, 2009.

Serving bowl, 14 in. (36 cm) in diameter, soda-fired porcelain, 2008.

While at Sheridan College my focus has been to explore as much technique and process as possible. The challenging method of soda firing has captured my attention. The random atmosphere and the dynamic glazes lend themselves to creating wheel thrown, altered, and hand-built forms that highlight this technique.

My personal interest in the outdoors and traveling allows me to draw visual inspiration from both nature and architecture. The added surface textures combined with the fluid and variegated glazes are much like the snow laden pine trees or the rain pools in a sunken, lichen covered rock. At times, the architectural city-like shapes intersect with the soft natural lines just as the urban and rural landscapes collide. Drawing on the world that surrounds me, these porcelain pots and glazes have become my source of creative expression.

Instructor: Bruce Cochrane, Professor



This was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly magazine’s “2009 Undergraduate Showcase” feature, which appeared in the September 2009 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!



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