Barbara Barefield &
A. Spencer Barefield IV
A. Spencer Barefield IV grew up surrounded by art and music. He fell in love with clay at the early age of 4-years-old, when he accompanied his mother Barbara to Pewabic Pottery, where she worked as a studio assistant.
Barbara fell in love with clay as an art student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor under the mentorship of professor, ceramic artist Robert Stull. When she moved to Detroit, she studied at the world-famous Pewabic Pottery (founded in 1903 as a ceramic arts studio, it now remains as a non-profit ceramic design studio, education center and National Historic Landmark).
Spencer went on to study with his mentor, Charlie Blosser, at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Michigan (OCC). He also received guidance from many wonderful ceramic artists who also used the OCC studio, such as Rick Pruckler, Marcia Hovland, Brenda Supuwood and others. Barbara joined her son, continuing to study and make art at OCC.
In August 2015, Barbara and Spencer launched Barefield ClayWorks in their own studio in Detroit so they could do what they love best — create works of art in clay. Their studio is open by appointment.
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