Abby Barringer is a ceramic artist, specializing in wheel-thrown pottery that is decorated with geometric designs and textures. Abby grew up in Cabarrus County, NC, where she began her love for art in high school behind a camera, photographing patterns and textures. This love brought Abby to East Carolina University where she explored clay and transitioned to creating her own patterns with it. After completing an internship at the North Carolina Pottery Center, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration in Ceramics and Photography, combining both of her passions. Abby has had ceramic pieces displayed at the Charlotte Art League and the Cabarrus Arts Council, as well as ClearWater Arts Center. She is currently a technical assistant as well as a passionate instructor at Clayworks in Charlotte, NC. Abby can often be heard saying “Why have the knowledge of pottery if you can’t share it with others?
As a ceramic artist, I am inspired by home decor and the textures that make up those spaces, my eyes follow the lines that turn into patterns. I believe that the use of patterns as a source of inspiration adds a unique dimension to traditional ceramic art, bridging the gap between fine art and everyday life. My work explores the interplay between form and surface, as I carve each piece to bring out its unique character. My goal is to create pieces that are not only visually engaging but also invite the viewer to touch and explore the intricate designs. The act of laying out each design and carving into the clay is meditative for me, and I find joy in bringing each piece to life through this process. My hope is that my work will bring a sense of wonder and delight to those who encounter it, encouraging them to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of hand-made ceramics.