Jillian Barber, originally from England, grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied ceramics with Norm Schulman and glass with Dale Chihuly. Barber has had a career in ceramic sculpture, mask making and costume design. She brings a passion for portraiture to her mythical and imaginary animals and figures, attending to form, texture, light and fantasy. She combines a deep reverence for nature with the realms of dreams, imagination, and archetype. Barber was costume and mask designer/maker for the Chorus of Westerly Celebration of Twelfth Night for 30 years. She received a RISCA Fellowship, numerous Katherine Forest Craft Foundation awards for excellence in ceramics and had a retrospective at the Newport Art Museum where her work is in the collection. Barber shows her work at Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design and Charlestown Gallery. She lives and works in Jamestown.
Source: NetWorks 2015-2016 Catalogue
Highlighting the work of selected artists who have played vital roles in shaping the contemporary visual arts community in Rhode Island. This collection of brief video portraits provides a window into the lives, practices, and cultural contributions of professional artists.