Born in San Diego, California, in 1942, Barbara Sebastian came to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend school at the University of California, Berkeley. She majored in Math, Physical Education, and Philosophy in the 60’s. After graduation in 1965, she became a tenured High School teacher for nine years. In 1975, she gave it all up to become a full-time artist, mostly working in Ceramics.
Then in 1979, she went back to school to receive my Masters of Fine Arts from San Jose University, in California, by 1985. In 2001, she travelled to Japan and had a very inspirational experience. In a very surprising moment, she watched as a Raven flew into a tree, grabbed a persimmon, began eating and tossing and playing with it, as the wind blew and the rain began. The orange of the persimmon and the black of his feathers inspired her sculptures and teapots that are a major part of her work today.
Technically, her jars and birds are wheel-thrown, high-fired. The birds are raven and crow images that are thrown, then altered and reassembled. She loves playing with the birds as she adds stacked or gathered objects to attach to them, that they appear to carry or stand on.
In 2014, Barbara won Best of Category Award at La Quinta Arts Festival. Today, her ceramic work is throughout the U.S., Canada, as well as in Europe and Asia.
View more of her art at her LQAF Artist Gallery.