My interest in woodworking began at a young age when I made small projects with my dad in his workshop. The first projects were simple and small. Most of my early creations were targeted to boy scout projects or country boy projects such as sling shots, bow and arrows, or tree houses.
As the years passed, and with the acquisition of more and better woodworking tools and skills, I progressed to making small furniture pieces using traditional joinery methods. After retirement, I acquired a wood lathe and learned the joys of creating thing of beauty from wood that would be considered trash by most wood workers. However, I have found some of the most beautiful and interesting wood grains to reside within what would traditionally be considered undesirable wood. I currently enjoy incorporating live edge wood into traditional furniture pieces, as well as using hardwoods and softwoods in Craftsmans, Farmhouse style, and Mid-Century Modern furniture pieces. Rescuing wood that would otherwise be condemned to the burn pile or trash pile provides much of my inspiration for creating beautiful and useful items in my shop and on my lathe.
My latest passion is building and donating crematory boxes to the families of soldiers that will be interred at the Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Bragg, NC. My greatest inspiration is the encouragement and discerning eye of my Artist wife, Susan.
ART EDUCATION : Working Peoples Art Class 1948-62. University of Newcastle on Tyne 1963-68 BA Hons Fine Art, Diploma: Art Education. 1979-80 Howard U, Fulbright Fellow. 1979-80. MFA PROFESSION Primary and Secondary Schools 1956-62. Head of the Division of Creative Arts, University of Guyana, Part time Tutor at the Burrowes School of Art 1975 -87, Sculpture and Painting Tutor Barbados Community College 1990-2007.EXHIBITIONS- solo and Group, Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, Santo Domingo, Martinique, Cuba. Brazil, Colombia, UK, France, Canada. USA PRIZES/AWARDS Guyana, including National Honours, Barbados, Santo Domingo Gold medal, UK. for sculpture.
I have been fascinated with color since I was a child. Whether I was arranging my crayons or small colored tiles, I loved color. My mother was a water color and pastel artist who had taught high school art before she got married. She always encouraged my appreciation of art and the colorful world around me.
In 1991 I started my journey into stained glass. I took classes from John Stoddard and Christa Moore. After several years of practice I joined Cape Fear Studio and began teaching. I have been teaching for over twenty years. I enjoy watching my students overcome their fear of breaking glass. They have inspired me in their various visions.
To further my appreciation of art and color I have taken several classes and workshops in drawing, oil painting, oil pastels, water colors, acrylics, and colored pencils.
I am a craftsman….
I am most adept at the turning of pens and Christmas ornaments, and at making whirligigs. Occasionally I build a piece of furniture for a friend. I do woodworking as a hobby; it can never be a “job” for me. It is the freedom of working in my crafts that gives me pleasure.
About Curtis Barnes…
Retired high school biology teacher–Cumberland County School System
Media–native and exotic woods. I enjoy many forms of woodwork–carpentry; making whirligigs; and turning pens, ornaments and even table legs on the lathe. Recently I’ve tried my hand at making dulcimers and a hammered dulcimer. I’ve also learned to make kaleidoscopes and enjoy that art.
Other interest include growing daylilies and participating in activities of the American Hemerocallis Society and teaching Sunday School and running the sound system for Bluff Presbyterian Church.
Phone: (910) 483-2838 (910) 308-2294 cell
I began my journey as a potter 42 years ago right here in Fayetteville, where I took my first pottery lessons through a Fayetteville Parks and Recreation program. As an army dependent, I moved throughout the United States and was able to take lessons throughout the years. I eventually returned to Fayetteville and looked towards working with clay. After taking several classes through Fayetteville Technical Community College, I ended up teaching pottery 15 years for FTCC ‘s Continuing Education program. I eventually retired from teaching pottery and being an elementary school librarian after 30 years. This has given me time to focus on doing the things I love most; spending time with my 4 daughters and my 5 grandchildren, making pottery, and working to support Cape Fear Studios where I have enjoyed being an active member and supporter for over 31 years. As was one of the founding member artists, who worked to establish Cape Fear Studios; an organization where local artists could work together to create and share their art; I take great pride in helping make Cape Fear Studios a great place to view and experience art in our community.
pattern, texture and lampshades…
I have always been particularly fascinated by pattern and texture: in nature, in textiles, and even in very ordinary objects. As a decorative painter/faux finish artist, I work daily in these areas. Working in metal has expanded my horizons and inspired new possibilities and directions in my work, adding a tactile, three-dimensional aspect.
Reaching into the kiln…
Since I was a young girl I have had a passion for art. My parents encouraged my interest by taking me to art museums in Washington D.C. when I was young. After graduating from college, I worked at St. John’s Art Gallery in Wilmington, North Carolina. I soon became fascinated by the art of Raku, a pottery technique that has its origins in 16th century Japan. The Raku technique involves a unique firing process, but it also embraces a different philosophy and cultural significance than other forms of pottery.