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Barbara Donovan

Barbara Donovan

Barbara Donovan's playful and colorful aesthetic belies a strong storytelling talent. Although her zombie teddy bears aren't likely to outright kill, they might just nibble you to death

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Barbara Donovan Plate  at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Plate  at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Teapot  at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Cookie Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Liquor Bottle at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Pitcher at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Serving Dish at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Lidded Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Lidded Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Barbara Donovan Lidded Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Barbaba Donovan at MudFire

Gallery group show Fur and Feathers, April 2013
Gallery group show Pirates vs. Zombies, April 2012

 

Barbaba Donovan Artist Bio

I am a potter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I make colorful functional porcelain pottery inspired by wild things and quirky pets. Originally from northeast Ohio, I live here in the deep south with my dear husband, a sweet kitty, and two much loved bad dogs. Having always been drawn to animals, I thought at one time I would be a veterinarian, but a squeamish nature proved that impossible. I was a crafty kid who hooked rugs and embroidered but never considered an art career until discovering clay in my second year of college. My BFA is from Louisiana State University (1986), and MFA from Wichita State University (1989). Somehow after college without really meaning to we ended up in Baton Rouge again, and I've been making animal pots of some sort or another here ever since.

I currently enjoy working with midrange domestic porcelain electric kiln fired to cone 6. The pots are wheel thrown, altered, and carved to accentuate animal imagery. Colorful commercial underglazes are applied at the leather hard stage. With the exception of the occasional Virgin Mary theme inspired by a lengthy Catholic upbringing, most of my imagery has revolved around animals since early in my undergraduate days. Over time the animals have slowly transformed from graceful and stoic expressionless creatures to the nervous, puzzled, frequently annoyed, sometimes painfully cute characters that liven my pots today. Function has always been an important consideration in the work, and I strive to create comfortable, joyful pots for everyday use.

 



Barbaba Donovan Artist Resume

Recent Exhibitions:
2011, "Steampunk", Caffery Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2011, "Decadence", Summer Invitational, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2011, "Plate It Up", Ceramics Invitational, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR
2010, "Space 2010", Summer Invitational, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2009, "The Artful Holiday" Ceramics Exhibition, Arts Council Of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
2009, "Art At The Shop", Ephemeral Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2009, "American Dream", Summer Invitational, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2008, "Hot Tamales", Summer Invitational, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2008, "Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Dust", Exhibition of Urns, St. Tammany Art Assoc,
Covington, LA
2007, "The Curiosity Shop", The River Gallery, New Orleans LA
2007, "State Fair", Summer Invitational, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2006, "What's For Dinner", St, Tammany Art Assoc, Covington, LA
2005, "Fresh Greens", Summer Invitational, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2005, "Hot Stuff/Clay Tigers: LSU Ceramics 1970 - 2005, The Signature Shop Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2004, "8 Fluid Ounces", School of Art Gallery, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
2003, "Happy Dogs And Other Creatures", Caffery Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2003, "War And Peace", Caffery Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2003, "Clay 2003: A Regional Survey of Clay", St. Tammany Art Assoc, Covington, LA
2002, "Hot, Hot, Hot" Summer Invitational, School of Art Gallery, LSU, Baton Rouge
2002, "I Think That I shall Never See, A Poem Lovely As", Caffery Gallery, BR, LA
2002, "Chef John Folse Utilitarian Ceramic National", Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
2001, "Birds of Paradise", Caffery Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2001, "Still Life", Caffery Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2000, "Couplets: Duality in Clay", The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2000, "Gone Fishing", Caffery Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2000, "Primavera, Invitational Faculty Exhibition 2000", Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA