A Newport working Studio Gallery

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Visiting Artist


WATCH HILL, R.I. (January 2019) – Ocean House, a Forbes Triple Five-Star rated resort in Westerly, Rhode Island, is pleased to announce that Jillian Barber, Ceramic Sculptor, will be the January 2019 Artisan in Residence from January 18-20, 2019.  Ms. Barber practices the art of ceramic sculpture and is well known for fantasy masks sculpted from individual portrait castings and imaginative, expressive mythical animals. Inspired by natural beauty, Ms. Barber creates a headdress to surround each face of flowers or birds, dragons, and shells. The masks are richly textured and colorfully glazed, highlighting Ms. Barber’s love of nature and expressing the realms of symbols, archetypes, and dreams. Ms. Barber’s ceramic works range from depictions of people to clay animals, all imbued with lives of their own. Her ceramic animals vary from small, whimsical, pea-eating dragons to large, crouching feline creatures. Each ceramic piece is individually created, painted with under glazes, and often fired three times with the addition of mother-of-pearl luster.

Ms. Barber was born in Staffordshire, England, grew up in Rhode Island, and currently resides in Jamestown, RI on the island of Conanicut in Narragansett Bay. Ms. Barber has won numerous awards throughout her sculpting career, including Best of Show from Wickford Art Association in 2014, several Katherine Forest Craft Foundation Awards for excellence in ceramics, and the Teddy Goberis Award and Alice Hubbard Award from the 60th Regional Mystic Museum of Art Show in 2016.  She served as Mask and Costume Director & Creator for the Chorus of Westerly’s Celebration of Twelfth Night for over 30 years.  Ms. Barber is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied clay with Norman Schulman and glass with Dale Chihuly. She is currently active in local art associations and has worked professionally in the arts for over 45 years. She is a past recipient of a Fellowship in Design.

During her time as an Artisan in Residence, Ms. Barber will hold multiple workshops for both children and adults where students can learn the intricate process of ceramic sculpting and create bowls and masks of their own.  Ms. Barber will also be available for complimentary meet & greets throughout her stay and will give an in-depth look into the art of ceramic sculpting during a complimentary Up Close & Personal lecture, followed by a wine and cheese reception.  More information on registration for these events can be found at www.OceanHouseEvents.com.

The Ocean House Artisan in Residence Program began in 2018 and, due to the overwhelming success of the program, has been renewed for the 2019-2020 season.  Four artisans are chosen from a pool of applicants, and given the use of the School House Cottage for an extended weekend of workshops, exhibits and receptions at Ocean House.

In addition to providing the School House Cottage and studio space, the Artist in Residence receives complimentary accommodations and meals during their extended weekend at Ocean House. A legacy piece is created and donated to be on display permanently at Ocean House.  The Artist in Residence program is part of Ocean House’s larger commitment to the community and the arts.  Over the last eight years, thousands of guests and community members have enjoyed art and programming at the luxury resort.



Since graduating from RISD, her career has been in ceramic sculpture, masking, costume design and photography.  Her work combines a reverence for nature with the realm of dreams, imagination and archetype.

Education B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design
Eliza B. Radeke Scholarship


2012 -2018 CIAA Board of Directors
1997 – Artist in Residence, The Mural, Jamestown Elementary
1993- 2001 Board of Directors, Conanicut Island Art Association, Jamestown, RI


2017       Pawtucket Foundation Award, Pawtucket Art Gallery, prize
                1st Place, Art of Jamestown, CIAA Jamestown, RI
                1st Place Summer Members Exhibit, CIAA J Jamestown, RI
                Award of Excellence, 31st RI Open, Warwick Center for the Arts
                2nd Place, Artistic Wanderings, Norwich Gallery CT
                3rd Place Cooler and Warmer, Wickford Art Association< RI
                HM, All Media Open Juried, South County Art Association, RI

2016       Teddy Goberis Award  & Alice Hubbard Award , 60 th Regional, Mystic Museum of Art   
                Jurior’s Award Patterns, National Juried Show, Attleboro Museum, MA
                Best in 3D Award Face It , DeBlois Gallery, Newport RI