Barbara Goodfellow Childs
Barb stumbled into pottery at Central Washington University while earning a degree in Business Administration and Community Health Education. Little did she know it would eventually lead her away from a career in Corporate Health Promotion and into the arts. Often referring to it as a hobby that got out of hand, she now has over 30 years of experience working in the studio, teaching pottery and elementary art, organizing local art shows and community art events. When not in the studio, Barb works part-time as the Edmonds School District’s Community Arts Program Coordinator, volunteers with the Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds Art Studio Tour and Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
Most studio time is spent at the potter’s wheel creating functional high-fire stoneware pieces. Sometimes Barb breaks away from functional pieces to experiment with low-fire decorative techniques, including Saggar fired stoneware. Drawn to decorations that are Northwest in nature, she uses ferns, cedar bows, leaves, seaweed and other local materials to embellish her work. All decorations reflect Barb’s love of the Pacific Northwest where she was born and raised. Recently she has expanded her theme to embrace the shores of Hawaii, too.