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Marc Barr

Marc Barr

Marc Barr’s handbuilt vessels originate in computer-manipulated photographs and drawings that are then turned into stencils and engravings. The screenprinting is done with colored underglazes and slips. The textural or relief surfaces are created with the aid of a laser engraver and photopolymers that use the images for creating rubber and polymer sheets. The sheets were then pressed into the wet clay pieces before assembly, resulting in a completely original surface composition.

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Marc Barr at MudFire

Gallery group show Constructed, April 2010
Gallery group show Teapots A-Go-Go 2, April 2004

 

Marc Barr Artist Bio

I'm originally from the Bronx NY, but have been living in Tennessee since the mid 1970's. I currently teach at Middle Tennessee State University courses in digital animation, compositing, applied media aesthetics, and creativity. I've been working with combining technology and traditional art processes for over twenty years. The challenge is to utilize and build upon what has worked well across cultures and centuries and infuse into that foundation new methods and techniques.

The screenprinted and relief surfaces have imagery that originates with a variety of computer-manipulated photographs and drawings that are then turned into stencils and engravings. The screenprinting is done with colored underglazes and slips. The textural or relief surfaces are created with the aid of a laser engraver and photopolymers that use the images for creating rubber and polymer sheets. The sheets were then pressed into the wet clay pieces before assembly.

I particularly enjoy the challenges of teapots, cup forms, vessels, and tiles. They are items of everyday use and some of the first and most traditional things everyone makes when beginning to work with clay. They are intriguing challenges with specific parameters. They are among the most sensual things we make, use, and decorate our homes with. They must be pleasing to the senses, must function well and have good balance.



Marc Barr Artist Resume

Recent Exhibitions:
10th Annual National Juried Cup Show Kent State University School of Art Kent, OH, 2010
Da Yu Xiao Hu 4 (Big Fish, Small Pot 4) 4th International Small Teapot Competition Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA, 2010
National Juried Cup Exhibition Isadore Gallery Lancaster, PA, 2009
Jingdezhen International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair Jingdezhen, China, 2009
17th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center Lancaster, PA, 2009
Feats of Clay XXII Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation Terrance W. Dorsey Purchase Award Lincoln, CA, 2009
NCECA Cup Show Cervini Haas Gallery Scottsdale, AZ, 2009
Starbrick Clay National Cup Show A National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Cups First Place Nelsonville, OH, 2009
Beyond The Function: International Teapot Exhibition French Designer Gallery Scottsdale, AZ, 2009
International Cup The Clay Studio of Missoula Missoula, MT, 2009
100 Teapots 4 Baltimore Clayworks Baltimore, MD, 2009
Artful Drinking Vessels Pottworks Gallery Fourth Place Hamilton, MI, 2008
Tactile Clay Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, 2008
Notes on Origin Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery Nashville, TN, 2008
Da Yu Xiao Hu 3 (Big Fish, Small Pot 3) 3rd International Small Teapot Competition Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA, 2008
3rd Annual National Juried Cup Show University of Arkansas Monticello Monticello, AR, 2007
Clay: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth Xiem Clay Center Pasadena, CA, 2007
National Juried Cup Exhibition Isadore Gallery Lancaster, PA, 2007
15th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center Lancaster, PA, 2007
Biennial Exhibition of Functional Ceramics Guilford Art Center Guilford, CT, 2007
What is a Cup? Vulcan 5 Gallery Second Place Oakland CA, 2006
SIGGRAPH 2006 Teapot Exhibit Boston, MA, 2006
International Cup The Clay Studio of Missoula Missoula, MT, 2006
14th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center Lancaster, PA, 2006
Crafts National 2006 Lancaster Museum of Art Lancaster, PA, 2006
In Our Cups Lockhart Gallery Jonette Lancos Purchase Award SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY, 2005
13th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center Lancaster, PA, 2005
16th Annual Teapot Show On The Road Again Chiaroscuro Galleries Chicago, IL, 2005
1st Annual Florida Teapot Show In Bloom Gallery Fort Myers, FL, 2005
TACA (Tennessee Association of Craft Artists) Best of Tennessee Craft 2004 Biennial Exhibition Tennessee State Museum Nashville, TN, 2004
15th Annual Teapot Show On The Road Again Chiaroscuro Galleries Chicago, IL, 2004
Teapots-A-Go-Go II Mudfire Pottery Center Atlanta, GA, 2004
100 Teapots 2 Baltimore Clayworks Baltimore, MD, 2004
SIGGRAPH 2003 Art Gallery San Diego, CA, 2003
Southern Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, Memphis College of Art Memphis, TN, 1994
Selected Alumni Exhibition, State University of New York College at Oswego Oswego, NY, 1993
Visual Artists Alliance of Nashville, VAANGUARD Exhibition Nashville, TN, 1992
Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery Nashville, TN, 1992
Tennessee All State Exhibition, Parthenon Museum Gallery 1st Honorable Mention, Sculpture Nashville, TN, 1991
Hendersonville Arts Council, 3 Person Exhibition Hendersonville, TN, 1991
Spirit Square Center for the Arts Charlotte, NC, 1991
Tennessee All State Exhibition, Parthenon Museum Gallery Nashville, TN, 1990