Barbara Goodfellow Childs
Barbara Goodfellow Childs


Barbara Goodfellow Childs




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Meet the artist

Barb stumbled into pottery at Central Washington University while earning a degree in Business Administration and Community Health Education. Pottery was a way to fulfill graduation requirements; little did she know it would eventually lead her away from a career in Corporate Health Promotion and into the world of the arts. Often referring to it as a hobby that got out of hand, she now has over 30 years of experience working in the studio, teaching pottery and elementary art, organizing local art shows and events. When not in the studio, Barb works part-time as the Edmonds School District's Community Arts Program Coordinator, which includes co-directing the Edmonds Arts Festival Student Art Exhibit.


Most studio time is spent at the potter's wheel creating functional high-fire stoneware pieces. "Working art" serving pieces are most intriguing. Slab-built and altered forms compliment wheel-formed work. Hand-made stamps enhance glaze colors as they break and pool in the surface textures. Layering glazes create abstract pictures of water, trees, hills and skylines. All decorations somehow reflect Barb's love of the Pacific Northwest where she was born and raised.


Sometimes Barb breaks away from functional pieces to experiment with low-fire decorative work. This includes sculptural pressed castings of native sea life, raku fired with copper glazes. Vases are either raku or saggar fired. Again, Barb is drawn to decorations that are Northwest in nature - salt-soaked ferns, leaves, hay, copper wire, feathers, horsehair, shells and other chemical colorants and combustibles are combined to create unique works.


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