Mud Pie Artworks
While Barbara’s educational background was originally in Science and Education, the love of art and creating art has always been a major force in her life. Having explored a variety of media (many of which she still teaches classes in), Barbara’s main creative focus has always involved clay.
Drawing from the textures and colours that surround her lakeside summer home in Grand Beach, Barbara creates hand built and wheel thrown pottery using mid-fire stoneware and other clay bodies from Manitoba and Alberta. Her mugs, bowls, plates and other pieces are often adorned with flowing natural colours, inscribed images of plants and insects, or hand painted forest plants. Her love of the natural world, in particular our precious Lake Winnipeg, has inspired her to create a variety of fish and leaf sculptures/ platters that are both beautiful and functional.
In addition to her larger forms, Barbara also enjoys making her own clay beads. She uses the beads, along side smoke fired crystals, glass beads, charms and semi-precious stones to create bracelets and earrings that are whimsical and fun to wear.
Barbara teaches a variety of subjects (including art), in the Red River Valley School Division. She runs an after school art program in Sanford Manitoba and offers a variety of art workshops to children and adults in the MacDonald Municipality. Barbara has written and illustrated three children’s books. During the summer, Barbara is the president of Sun Country Artisans Inc. which features Manitoba artisans in two sales each summer at the Victoria Beach Community Centre.
In case you were wondering, her studio name comes from her childhood love of playing in the sand and mud!