Carolyn L. Barlock was born in Denver, Colorado to a native Coloradan family that dates back more than a hundred years to Central City’s rush for gold, She started her art education as a young girl at the Colorado Institute of Art. She received her Associate Art Degree from Christian College in Columbia, Missouri, now known as Columbia College. Upon returning to Denver, she continued her art education at Loretto Heights College.
A special interest in the history of art and antiques caused her to commence the study of porcelain art in the spring of 1969. At first, she studied painting flowers, fruits, scenes and portraits on porcelain. She then studied and experimented with secret techniques of porcelain decoration. These techniques fascinated the ancient alchemists. She mastered the secrets of enameled art, dating from The Chinese Ming Dynasty. This once-fired porcelain application, requiring exactitude of line and density, was a form Carolyn had perfected by the early 1980’s that first earned her worldwide recognition.
While exhibiting her work in internationally renowned galleries and shows, Carolyn continued her scholarly journey of ancient porcelain techniques culminating in her use of 24 Karat Florentine Gold and ancient Persian Lusters dating from 9th Century Baghdad. These resplendent pieces of timeless beauty and exquisite form are fired from twenty to sixty or more times at intense heat. Her singular development as an artist was integrating chiseling techniques which give her one-of-a-kind pieces a special blend of innovation and classicism. Her work is in private collections throughout the world.
Exhibitions and Juried Shows:
Sculpture at the River Market Little Rock, AR. 2010-2011
Sculpture in the Park Loveland, CO 1997-2012
Convergence: Multimedia Art Show
Illuminations One Woman Show Santa Fe, NM
Neiman Marcus Denver, CO
Colorado Governor’s Art Show and Sale Loveland, CO
Greenwood Village (GVAHC) John Madden Sho
Greenwood Village, CO
100 Years of Colorado Artists Denver, CO
Seri Staff Awards Show Golden, CO
Boulder Center for Visual Arts Boulder, CO
Colorado Parade of Homes
International Porcelain Artists and Teachers Shows
The World Organization of China Painters World Shows