Barbara Flathers has been in love with ceramics since, as a young Girl Scout, she first saw a potter's wheel being used at Old Sturbridge Village, near to where she grew up in Western Massachusetts. She dabbled with ceramics during her high school years and also at her time at Holyoke Community College.
Barb attended Massachusetts College of Art where she studied ceramics with Ben Ryterband, John Baymore, and Jana Longacre. After graduating with a BFA in Ceramics, she spent several years restoring architectural terra cotta on buildings in and around Boston and other cities in New England. She then moved from Boston to Vermont where she has lived, worked, and raised her family ever since.
Barb received her MFA from Northern Vermont University where she focused on glaze design and functional wheel-thrown ceramics. She now has her own studio and business selling her work as BFlat Pottery.
In addition to her own work, she has also worked as a studio technician firing kilns and keeping the studio, clay and glazes ready for students to use. In addition to that, Barb has taught wheel throwing classes and enjoys sharing her expertise and the love of clay with others.
You can find her currently kayaking around the county and making things with clay.