Today we’re featuring Justine Barrett Figura! Justine is a ceramic artist based in Shelburne Falls, and she joined our Massachusetts program in early 2015. Since receiving her BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 2010, Justine has held apprenticeships with respected potters Donna Polseno and Richard Hensley. She also works with Molly Cantor in addition to developing her own distinct body of work.
Justine’s functional work aspires to make the daily (and sometimes mundane) acts of eating, drinking, and cooking intimate and special. Justine writes of her practice: “As a potter, I strive to bring something gratifying to the table. Making pots requires one to think about each detail that goes into an object. Shape, form, size, texture, color are all questions begging for conclusion and clarity. More than anything, the process of making takes time, and similarly time should be spent in using handmade objects.” Justine’s work shows the consideration and care that goes into each piece. She hopes each of her pieces inspires users to live with intention, ritualize the ordinary, and amplify beauty in every possible space.
Justine’s most recent endeavor is a collaborative business with her husband and fellow artist, Grant Figura. Grant is a printmaker whose drawings and prints will be displayed on Justine’s ceramic forms. Justine and Grant began planning Tandem Ceramics last fall, and thanks to a fully-funded Kickstarter, they are launching their new porcelain pottery line this coming spring! The collection will feature hand-crafted, artisan-quality items for the home adorned with beautifully simple imagery. For more information, you can check out their Kickstarter video and head to their Facebook for updates.
And for more Justine, check out her beautiful website which features her functional pottery.