Barb Chapin is a cloisonne artist who is exploring the medium of clay. She has left the exacting techniques of bending wire, layering powdered glass, grinding and multiple firings to create small, jewelry pieces. Barb finds the clay, instead, to be a malleable medium. She enjoys the freedom of molding and shaping soft clay, and then carving at the leather hard stage. She likes the larger format of handbuilding and throwing clay forms into goblets and mugs. Her imagery is drawn from mythology and the natural world. She tells personal stories of specific people and their relationships to animals. The casual viewer enjoys of not deciphers the meaning of the sculpture depicted on each vessel.The receiver of Barbs goblet gift knows exactly what what meaning the goblet holds for him.