Barbara considers herself a maker and mentor of all things clay. Her pots, constructed from slabs or using a pinch-strip method I developed, bear the look of fabric, metal, leather or whimsical china. In addition, she addresses how what she is going to make will look before asking the question, what's it going to be - an approach quite out of the norm for most potters. Her signature pieces evolve from the stoneware 'fabrics' she create and enhance with patterns, texture and color. It is her unorthodox methodologies coupled with classic hand building techniques - pinching, coiling, extruding - which result in these whimsical pieces which beg to be handled.