Potters' Nook

The Potters’ Nook
Works by Barry Calvarese
Open same hours as Hoffman Gallery
Hoffman Center for the Arts | Clay Studio



The Potters’ Nook Featuring Works by Barry Calvarese

I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. My work tends to focus on the environment with an organic and at times industrial message. Some of my subject matter is about people’s daily lives, beliefs, routines and a comment on human nature. Weathered pieces of wood and old stones covered in beautiful moss remind me of the power of nature.

The unknown aspect of firing atmospherically really excites me. Whether in an underground pit, soda kiln or week-long wood firing, I work with the flame to decorate my pots. Through each encaustic painting, I bring the viewer into an organic sky, landscape, or imaginative fantasy unlike any other. I like to think that the luminous, textural paintings reach out and draw the viewer in. It’s the kind of painting you want to touch.

My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always been influenced by the work of Gerhard Richter, Robert Arneson and Toshiko Takaezu. The artists I most admire are Richard Diebenkorn, Bay Area figurative artists Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown and the rustic Japanese Shigaraki ceramic style.