Barberio takes on clay, glass

Jun 14, 2014
Joseph Barberio’s clay vessels will be featured during the June 20 Belfast Art Market.

Belfast — The Belfast Art Market gathers every Friday through August from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., rain or shine. This week, B.A.M. is showcasing the ceramic work of Joseph Barberio, who relocated to Belfast from Rockland a couple of years ago.

Barberio’s hand-built ceramic pieces have an earthy quality to the color, created by a sawdust firing within a barrel; and the surface, effects that come about via burnishing the clay and burning various combustible materials in the firing. The works are not glazed and, therefore, not watertight.

Barberio also is well known for his work as a stained glass artist, which has been his career for 35-plus years. The glass work is process-oriented, he said, but there is more spontaneity in clay. His clay and glass pieces can be found throughout the country in private collections and adorning churches, homes and other buildings.

Along with Barberio, the June 20 market is scheduled to have more than 15 artisans representing the Midcoast region. For more information on B.A.M., visit belfastartmarket.weebly.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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