Barbara Banfield came to clay after twenty years in the garment industry. A life time of working with her hands, found her at Sheridan College graduating in 2010. Barbara is fascinated by the endless possibilities and process that working with clay demands.
Her most recent body of work is a respose to the study of non-objective abstract painting. Abstract painting abandons attempts to represent the world in identifiable ways. It expresses not so much a retreat from reality but rather a different kind of relationship with reality. It uses a sense of balance, materials and in particular texture, creating imagery without always providing an obvious point of visual reference.
While creating pieces that are useful to every day life, my intention is to bring the user closer, observing the hand made object. Combining form, texture and dynamic glazes she strives to find a sense of harmony and beauty.