Barry Rhodes | Clay

I am drawn to work in clay because of the deep connection to the past, to the ability to express modern ideas of importance and to move art “off the wall” and into our lives.  

My  iconography is all about rhythms, which find their way into so much of life - from music to string theory to the seasons to heartbeats to our very breathing.  The rhythms for me become stripes or repeating patterns which rarely overlap, though their color, spacing and thickness vary from one section to another.   I think of them as visual meditations and see them everywhere.   I approach a new piece as a puzzle, trying to fit together organic and inorganic elements to make a cohesive and meaningful whole.  It seems a fitting metaphor for life as well as art.
— Barry

Barry has been making pottery for over 40 years having started as a studio assistant at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. His work is in many collections throughout the US including Agnes Scott College and the permanent collection of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.    

In addition to pottery, Barry has a Ph.D. in Physics from Emory University and taught at Clark Atlanta University in the Department of Physics for ten years.  He then worked at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention for 24 years working as a computer scientist.

 Now retired and working as a full time potter, Barry has relocated his studio to Marshall, NC. He is a member of the Potters of Madison County, a small group of dedicated potters in Western North Carolina.

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