Pottery Artist Bari Precious

The pottery of Bari Precious has been featured at Domain since the summer of 2011 when two of us at Domain discovered her work while visiting a friend in Missouri.  Working in her “Precious Pots” studio in the rural outskirts of Springfield, she produces a variety of stoneware pottery that is art with practical applications in the home.

Her hand-painted designs and glazes display a sense of tribal or geometric or nature-inspired influences.  In addition to vases, pitchers and mugs, she creates plates, platters and dishes that are specifically designed to be safe for use in ovens, microwaves and barbecues.

Bari also offers to pottery-buyers copies of some of her favorite recipes which can be made using her stoneware pottery including baked brie, brownies, banana bread, honey-mustard chicken, and baked fish.

 Bari Precious was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and became interested in working with clay from an early age, going on to study sculpture at the Vancouver School of Art.  She left school to embark upon other adventures, including farming and communal life in rural British Columbia, and then travels through Europe, Asia and the Middle East during the 1970s.  She nurtured her fascination with Iran by spending time there teaching art and English, and later returning to work with archeologists by building a kiln and reassembling excavated pottery.  On return to the U.S., she raised her family for several years before reentering university studies and earning a B.F.A. in ceramics.

Her studio, gardens and home on a country lane in rural Missouri  are comfortable spaces where visitors are welcome to stop, share tea and peruse her “Precious Pots.”