Resident Artist

John Barber

Medium: Mixed-Media Artist
Residency: January 1, 2006–
December 31, 2006

John Barber likes to play with fire. Fortunately for the rest of us, he is not a firebug or an arsonist, but an artist who works in welded steel. John makes lamps, tables, gates, headboards, and chandeliers using stone, glass and wood with all being supported by brass, copper and steel. John is trained as a craftsman and uses advanced electronic welding machines in his work, but his artistic side is sensitive to the characteristics of the materials as he works them. His unique approach allows each piece to “take its own breath” and imparts a feeling not found in mass produced furniture. John also encourages the client to get involved with the design process, many of whom are experiencing designing a custom-made piece for the first time.

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The application for the 2025 – 2026 cycle opens January 1, 2025. It’s free to apply!

The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

The application for the 2025 – 2026 cycle opens January 1, 2025. It’s free to apply!

The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

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