Barry Gregg is a clay artist living in Decatur, Georgia. He has shown at Signature Contemporary Craft Gallery, Mudfire Gallery, The Swan Coach House Gallery, Clay West, The Atlanta College of Art, Hambidge Art Center and The Bascom. He has also exhibited nationally at The American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and Atlanta.
His work can currently be seen at the Signature Contemporary Craft Gallery in Atlanta, The Bascom in Highlands, NC, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersfield, NC, Gallery Morada in Islamorada, FL and Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
Barry has been featured in Ceramics Guild Magazine, Decatur Living Magazine, The Atlanta/Journal Constitution, Lark Books Handbuilding Techniques, 500 Pitchers and 500 Tiles. His work was featured on the cover and in the 2009 May/June issue of Clay Times Magazine.
Through the journey of life, my passion has been drawn to various art forms. With formal training as a painter and illustrator, I have carried those skills to a 20-year career as a graphic designer. It fulfilled a need to use my knowledge and artistic expression to design works with a strict set of rules, yet still expressing myself in a two dimensional format. It is in the mid-nineties that I discovered clay.
My first experience as a handbuilder in a 3-dimensional art form gave me a satisfaction of self expression that began as a slow process that eventually built into a need to create. The configuration of the medium created limitless possibilities. Although there were rules and restrictions, I would push them to the limits, eventually creating my own voice.
My work, although whimsical at first glance, contain themes of overcoming adversity and longing for greater insight. I utilize not only my artistic knowledge in my work, but also to use the experiences I have gathered as a child into adulthood. Including, but not limited to, fantasy, spirituality, a magical childhood at the beach and the unknown.
It is my goal to let go of preconceived notions of what the finished product should be. Therefore, allowing myself to experience the surprises that the clay has to offer from its conceptual beginnings to the final form.
Barry W. Gregg
Studio Potter / Sculptor