Barbara Weidell was born and raised in Great Falls Montana. She went to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana majoring in Art. Her college education was cut short when she enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Barbara’s military training allowed her to have a career in nursing but her passion was always to pursue the arts. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Sonoma State University in 1998 and an MFA in Ceramics from San Diego State University in 2002. She maintains a studio in which she continues to make artwork in drawings, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. She maintains an active exhibition record and has been a recipient of numerous awards.
Clay is a very versatile material with the capability to look like skin, fur or sleek satin. It is malleable when wet, carvable when firm or leather hard and fragile when dry. It is capable of enduring incredibly high heat and used the world over as a primary material for sculpture and utilitarian ware.
Sinew is a very strong material now available synthetically rather than using animal gut. Fine wire at 26 and higher gauges can be used as a connector or form of elaboration. Threads give color and variety of width from course to fine to use for attachments or adornment.
Bones, skulls, vertebra and other bones are found on walks but many given as gifts since it is so frequently used in my sculptures. A collection of bovine and reigndeer antlers also are used in various ways in my sculptures.