Opening Reception: Transience with Barbara Stauffer

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Opening Reception: Transience with Barbara Stauffer

Join us for the opening reception of Transience with Barbara Stauffer! We'll have an artist talk and tasty snacks and drinks, too.

By District Clay Center

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Starts on Friday, June 2 · 6pm EDT


District Clay Center 2414 Douglas Street NE Washington, DC 20018

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  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Show Opening & Artist Talk: Friday, June 2, 6 PM

Show Run: June 2 - June 30, 2023

About Transience: Materiality and (Im)mortality in Clay:

Speaking about her work, Stauffer says:

"I make metaphorical ceramic vessels that explore our relationship with the natural and cultural world. I honor historic forms, while providing new perspectives on age-old traditions and contemporary experiences. Using embellishment, painting, carving and other traditional pottery techniques, I add highly crafted details to the surface of the clay to both enhance the decorative aesthetic of the vessel and to communicate its meaning. Using white clay bodies allows me to reference traditional notions of refinement and elevate what might otherwise be overlooked.

As a hand-builder, I reflect on reality inspired by nature imagery and domestic icons. I also enjoy incorporating a spirit of play into my work to provide an element of surprise and comment on the world around us. My work is sometimes, but not always, autobiographical. It is always personal however, exploring memory, loss, death, life, and what makes us who we are."

About Barbara Stauffer:

Barbara grew up in the Boston area and, after a few international sojourns, moved to Washington, DC in 1989. In the District, she began taking pottery classes, first at Eastern Market Pottery and then at Hinckley Pottery. Weekly wheel-throwing classes were her zen during the first half of her more than 30-year career in exhibitions and education at the National Museum of Natural History. After a 15-year break to focus on her career and her family, Barbara rediscovered ceramics with District Clay Center during the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to pursue ceramics full time . She completed her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Ceramic Artisanry at UMass Dartmouth in May 2023 and enjoys teaching youth hand building classes at District Clay Center.

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