Ceramicist Barbara Gittings

Ceramicist Barbara Gittings


Born and raised in South Africa, Barbara draws inspiration from African designs, the rock samples her geologist father brought home and her love of all things geometric.  

Barbara strives for integration of form and substance and hopes that her pieces have a physical presence connecting spiritually and aesthetically with the viewer beyond words. 

Barbara works with a grogged porcelain, using neriage techniques. This consists of putting oxides or stains into the clay to colour it and then joining layers of colours to put patterns though the clay. She also incorporates Kintsugi into some of her work. Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of using Urushi lacquer, mixed with silver, gold or metallic powders, to repair pottery or porcelain. The philosophy behind the technique is to treat the repair as part of the object's history, rather than treating it as something to hide. 

Shop Barbara's ceramics here: https://goo.gl/tFfqlK