Outdoor pottery by Barbara Miller at ArtWalk

Article Published: Aug. 18, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 19, 2011
Outdoor pottery by Barbara Miller at ArtWalk

ArtWalk's featured artist this week is a potter from Lenoir.

Barbara Miller's interest in pottery began while she was working as a forest ranger in Catawba County, where she was exposed to the pottery tradition of the area.

She collected pieces and studied independently for a while until 1997, when she began studying under potter Sara Mills at North Wilkesboro Senior Center. She has attended numerous workshops and classes since.

She began showing her pottery at the request of a friend in 2003 and has been showing in art festivals and galleries throughout North Carolina ever since.

Her respect for nature and her love of gardening inspired many of her pieces, including birdhouses and garden sculpture, such as gazing balls, turtles and frogs. She also makes vases, bowls and miniature, ornamental birdhouses, which she calls "fairy houses." All of her designs are clean and colorful and frequently contain motifs from nature, like leaves, lizards or birds.

Barbara Miller's pottery can be found on ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) in downtown Boone. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, or to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail (artwalkboone@yahoo.com) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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