I saw my first potter at work during a grade school field trip and desperately wanted to try it. Though I was unable to convince him to let me do it that day, I did promise myself that I would someday find a way to try it and I did. My love affair with clay really began in college and no doubt will continue for the rest of my life. I worked as the ceramics lab assistant at Moorpark College, served as an apprentice to potter John Schulps in Calabasas, Ca., and I earned a BFA from California State University, Northridge.
I opened my first studio in Truckee, Ca in 1981.
My dialog with clay has developed over the past 35 years or so, and I find working with clay to be a lifetime commitment that grows more rewarding with each passing year. I currently operate a pottery studio in my home. I draw my inspiration from the events and experiences of daily life the as well as the beauty of the surrounding Tahoe and Great Basin areas and their abundant life forms. Currently work includes a wide variety of narrative sculptural pieces and forms in raku, sawdust, pit fire, as well as high-fired functional ware.
Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk