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Artist of the Week: Barb Beavers

Posted by Barb Beavers on 28th Feb 2018

Sibley's West will welcome Eloy ceramic artist Barb Beavers to the store for an open house from noon to 2 pm Saturday, March 10. Here is Barb's biography:

"Inspired by Nature ... Built by Hand."

Those six simple words describe my work in clay.

Combining sticks and stones with clay seems so natural, elements of our earth back together again.

It is always a mission to find beautiful found objects -- feathers, antlers, and, of course, sticks and cholla -- that have a certain charm.

Texture is also important to me in the design process, like using Aunt Esther's doily.

I always had an interest in clay and in 2007 my husband encouraged me to make time to realize that dream.

In the evenings, after work, I traveled to an art guild in northern Indiana, where I met some wonderful mentors.

Wheel throwing was my start, as well as being introduced to hand building.

Playing in clay seemed so natural to me -- I was hooked!

Then in 2009 a diagnosis of breast cancer greatly altered our plans. The focus changed to a survival plan ... life-changing times!

Fast forward, we then moved up plans to enjoy life, in our now forever home of Arizona!

In 2012 I was able to return to working with clay, and fell in love with clay in a whole different way.

My imagination comes alive and I enjoy making individual, one-of-a-kind pieces of art with a Southwest flair.

I am an active member of the Artists of the Superstitions.