1812 5th St., Berkeley, CA, 94710

Birdie Boone

Birdie grew up in both the slow culture of southwestern Virginia and the fast culture of the city of San Francisco.  She was always encouraged to be creative and declared her intent to be a potter at the age of six.   

“My ceramic dishes are minimal objects; they are understated and are, at times, even overlooked.  Invest a little time with them and you will discover subtle elements that form the dialect by which I translate what I observe around me.  My intent is to address the significance of the domestic experience through the honesty of simply composed forms and thoughtfully developed glazes.  There are no unnecessary details; every element is carefully considered.  An individual, family, or community may be rendered through soft, volumetric forms and tinted transparent glaze applied over and opaque slip disclose the dark clay beneath.  These collaborate to create a complex visual depth replete with connotations.  This sense-full ideology requires only that the user be open to its possibilities.  Thus, my pots are not only useful but also objects that have the ability to affect their users’ sensibilities and to act upon the domestic spaces they occupy


  • 2005  MFA, University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, MA
  • 1994  B.A., College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA


Selected Professional Experience

  • 2017-2018  Arrowmont School, TN instructor, Penland, NC instructor
  • PocosinArts, NC and Kutztown University summer, NC
  • 2014-2015  Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO instructor, & Idyllwild, CA
  • 2010-2011 Instructor, Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA
  • 2007-2009 Resident Artist, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
  • 1999-2002 Instructor, Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA

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