Big Life Artist – Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk

Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk saw her first potter at work during a grade school field trip and desperately wanted to
try it. Though she was unable to convince him to let her try it that day, she promised herself that she would someday find a way to do it, and she did. Barbara’s love affair with clay really began in college and no doubt will continue for the rest of her life. She worked as the ceramics lab assistant at Moorpark College under the mentorship of Kirk Aiken, served as an apprentice to potter John Schulps in Calabasas, California, and earned her BFA from California State University, Northridge.













Barbara opened her first studio in Truckee, CA in 1981 and along with her husband, built their house and her current studio in Truckee in 1989. She creates unique ceramic sculpture and functional pottery using wheel thrown and slab construction techniques. Her art has appeared in several publications, including Ceramics Monthly and several issues of American Style Magazine. Her usable art is featured in galleries across the U.S., including Riverside Studios in Truckee and in the gift shop at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. You can also view her work online:

Barbara draws her inspiration from the events and experiences of daily life the as well as the beauty of the surrounding Tahoe and Great Basin areas and their abundant life forms. Currently her work includes a wide variety of narrative sculptural pieces and forms as well as high-fired functional ware. Barbara’s dialog with clay has developed over the past 40 years or so, and she finds working with clay to be a lifetime commitment that grows more rewarding with each passing year.