The Clay Art Studio is Nantucketís only studio devoted entirely to
ceramics. Open to the public year round, it is a functional studio, gallery,
and classroom. Barbara Toole, the owner and artist, also teaches classes
for adults and children of all levels.
Barbara opened The Clay Art Studio in May, 2000. She has been making
pots for over 30 years as a hobby, and for the last 15 years as a full
time career. Previously, she was a pastry chef and co- owner of a
restaurant on Nantucket.
Barbara has been attending ceramics workshops at Haystack Mountain
School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine since 1991. She has studied with
Nancy Selvin, Suze Lindsay, Alec Karros, Jo Ann Schnabel, Julia Galloway,
Douglass Rankin and Will Ruggles, Peter Beasecker, Sam Chung, Mary Law,
Lisa Orr, and Andrea and John Gill, among others.
Barbara is a member of the National Council on Education for the
Ceramic Arts and of the Artists Association of Nantucket, where she has
had several solo exhibitions. She has also exhibited her work at the
Nantucket Looms, Flowers on Chestnut, The Capizzo Gallery, and The
Spectrum; and has contributed pieces to the Annual Festival of Wreaths
and various other fundraising events.
Originally from California, Barbara lived in New York City and Westport,
CT, before moving to Nantucket year round in 1992. She has four
children and four grandchildren who live in Seattle, Philadelphia, and New