Thursday, January 8, 2009
Barbara Colgrove's life has always revolved around the visual arts. From the time she was a child, she knew her path was one of creative expression. Through art, she has learned to communicate with the world in a personal and expressive way. It has been a continual journey of self-discovery as her work has evolved and changed with time. Over the years, Barbara has explored many mediums with and emphasis on decorative patterns and designs. Most of her adult life, she has focused on working in clay. "The magic of creating an object of beauty, to hold and perhaps use, never ceases to amaze me. Pottery making is a process, and it's connection with the earth and its rhythmic cycles guides me in my every day living as an artist." The natural beauty of Vermont has been a constant source of inspiration for Barbara, as well as multicultural symbolism and the students she teaches.
Barbara was raised in New York suburbs, and her background and training included attending Marlboro College, CCV, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she received her BFA, and pottery making in Northern California. For the past 20 years, Barbara has lived with her family in their hand made house/studio in Enosburg Falls. "Art is autobiographical in terms of sharing our hearts and souls with each other."