Barbara Campbell-Allen OAM

Barbara Campbell-Allen OAM

Lives and works in Sydney

Barbara Campbell-Allen OAM
Rainforest Rhythms I
Woodfired stoneware,
porcelain slip and natural ash glaze
59.5 x 23 x 16 cm

Barbara Campbell-Allen is a ceramic artist working in the subtle world of long wood fired ceramics. Originally trained at the National Art School in Sydney and later at the Gippsland Centre for Design and Art, Barbara holds a Masters of Arts (Visual Arts). Her work for this degree began an exploration into a contemporary interpretation of the extraordinary, naturally generated glaze effects only found in traditional wood firing techniques. Barbara utilises paper-clay, a blend of paper fibre and clay, which enables the making of light, highly sculpted work. She combines this material with wood firing to produce work with unique form, texture and depth of surface. This work is often closely related to natural landforms as aesthetic environments, which form a source of stimulation and inspiration.

Barbara’s work is widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, and is published in the leading ceramics journals of Australia and America. She combines a successful art practice with teaching at the highly regarded Workshop Arts Centre in Sydney and the curating of ceramic exhibitions, notably the ‘Out of Earth’ series.

Barbara was president of the Australian Ceramic Association for 2005and 2006 and at Clay Energy 2010 Barbara was awarded the Hamada Medal for Contribution to Ceramics.



Barbara has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queens Birthday Honours List 2019 for her service to the creative arts as an important Australian ceramicist.