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Amanda Barr

Amanda Barr

Amanda Barr looks to film-noir, Poe, creature features, and other film and literary references in creating her dark and humorous tableware. She uses text and imagery applied with a block printing process, allowing the glaze and firing to achieve a vintage or gothic feeling. She earned a master's degree in Spanish Literature and promptly and fearlessly devoted herself to clay full time.

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Amanda Barr Tearful Angel at MudFire Gallery
Price: $36.00
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Amanda Barr Crying Girl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $75.00
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Amanda Barr Dazzle at MudFire Gallery
Price: $46.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $38.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Amanda Barr Angel Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $42.00
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Amanda Barr Enjoy the Silence Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $32.00
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Amanda Barr Blackbird Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
Price: $42.00
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Amanda Barr Cry Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
Price: $42.00
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Amanda Barr Platter at MudFire Gallery
Price: $165.00
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Amanda Barr Platter at MudFire Gallery
Price: $145.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $36.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $36.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $36.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $36.00
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Amanda Barr Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
Price: $32.00
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Amanda Barr Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
Price: $32.00
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Amanda Barr Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
Price: $32.00
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Amanda Barr Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
Price: $32.00
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Amanda Barr Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
Price: $32.00
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Amanda Barr Dessert Plate at MudFire Gallery
Price: $24.00
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Amanda Barr Dessert Plate at MudFire Gallery
Price: $24.00
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Amanda Barr Dessert Plate at MudFire Gallery
Price: $24.00
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Amanda Barr Dessert Plate at MudFire Gallery
Price: $24.00
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Amanda Barr Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $34.00
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Amanda Barr Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $34.00
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Amanda Barr Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $34.00
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Amanda Barr Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $34.00
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Amanda Barr Mini Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $14.00
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Amanda Barr Mini Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $14.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $38.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $38.00
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Amanda Barr Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $38.00
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Amanda Barr Vase at MudFire Gallery
Price: $87.00
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Amanda Barr Cupcake Stand at MudFire Gallery
Price: $52.00
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Amanda Barr Bud Vase at MudFire Gallery
Price: $58.00
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Amanda Barr at MudFire

Gallery group show Pirates vs. Zombies, April 2012
Gallery group show Creatures of the Night, August 2011

 

Amanda Barr Artist Bio

I took my first ceramics class as a creative outlet while pursing a master's degree in Spanish Literature. After finishing my degree, I decided to devote myself to ceramics full-time. I work in mid-range porcelain because I love the smooth texture of the clay and the ivory white gives a beautiful canvas for decoration. I use a block-printing process on my delicate thrown and hand-built porcelain forms, which I then glaze with careful drips to create a unique vintage/gothic look. I often combine imagery with words and quotations to add further dimension to my pieces. My slightly twisted sense of humor and sometimes dark leanings create unique and highly personal pieces, which are both fully functional and highly decorative.

I look mostly to film and literature for my inspiration- everything from film noir and classic creature features to modern sci-fi; from Poe to Carroll to Cervantes himself.

Amanda Barr Artist Resume

Education:
2008, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, Master of Arts, Spanish Literature
2006, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish
Publications:
2011, "Untitled Lace Project", DIY Magazine
2010, "Students Showcase Artwork", Iowa State Daily
2010, "The Art of the Bazaar", Des Moines Register
Awards:
2011, Honorable Mention, Clay, Paper, Fiber . . . Octagon Center for the Arts
2011, Iowa Emerging Artist, Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines IA
2010, Iowa Emerging Artist, Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines IA
Selected Shows & Exhibitions:
2011, February- Clay, Paper, Fiber . . . Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames IA
2010, April-CASA Annual. Creative Artists' Studios of Ames, Ames IA
2010, June- Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines IA
2010, August- Visions in Clay. LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton CA
2010, September- Renegade Craft Festival, Chicago IL
2010, October-Design Harvest. Chicago, IL
2010, November-CASA 10th Anniversary. Octagon Community Gallery, Ames IA
2010, November-Collaborations. CASA, Ames IA
2009, April-CASA Annual. Creative Artists' Studios of Ames, Ames IA
Experience:
2009-present, Iowa State Workplace, Instructor- ceramics, Ames IA
2009-present, Octagon Center for the Arts, Instructor- ceramics, Ames IA
2009-present, Member, semi-private clay, CASA Studios, Ames IA