I began working with clay in the late 70’s while attending Hope College in Holland, MI.
I studied pottery at Art Centers, Ceramic Institutes, and Community colleges in Michigan, New York, and Texas from 1980 until about 2000. I have taught pottery at Art Center Waco, University for Young People at Baylor University, and in my home studio. I have exhibited through Community College competitions, and also at the Ft. Worth NCECA. I have received awards at Bountiful Bowls pottery festival in Rockport, TX (2014 First Place). I recently received “Best in Show” and “Best in Category” at the Waco Cultural Arts Fest.
I enjoy looking at the world through “potter’s eyes”. I search for textures and forms in nature and by scavenging through estate sales. I use leaves, old lace, buttons, cardboard and hand-made stamps to embellish my work. I also frequently use sgrafitto and sprigging techniques as decorative elements. I utilize hand-building and throwing techniques. Pottery is truly my lifelong passion.
Contact me at:Barbara Francis, 107 N Bend CT., Waco, TX 76712