glazed stoneware, 17"x15"x6", 2018, $975
My current series references the natural environment and the dangers it faces from climate change, devastating political policies and corporate greed. The rocks, arches and cave entrances I have seen in the desert Southwest and on the Northwest coastline inspire me as does my anger about current attacks on our National Monuments and other wild lands.
I prefer the work to be enigmatic, not to supply answers but to encourage us to think about our relationship to the environment with a somewhat altered vision.
Barbara Shaiman returned to her original calling as a ceramic artist in 2015 after 24 years at Seattle Art Museum where she was Director/Curator of SAM Gallery.
Before joining the SAM staff, Barbara taught studio art classes in NYC at Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Museum Art School, at Hawthorne Studio in Missoula, Montana, and, in Seattle, at Seward Park Arts Center and Bellevue College. She was also a studio ceramic artist and the owner/director of Shaiman Gallery, a local contemporary fine crafts and design gallery. Her ceramics were featured in many local and national shows and in magazines and books.