Tom Barter graduated with a BFA from CSU Humboldt in 1988. He had been working since then as a professional artist specializing in hand made ceramic murals and ceramic sculpture. Upon graduation he spent 6 months at the Moravian pottery and tile works as an artist in residence. Here he learned the art of hand making tiles. With an interest in installations and site specific artwork he started to combine the tile making into larger site specific works.
Barter started his career in Sacramento California and made several pieces for the city of Sacramento. He then moved to southern California. His works in the los Angeles area include two tile fountains for the Municipal Water District of Southern California at Union Station in LA, as well as a murals, facades, and sculptures for the city of Long Beach.
Over the last twenty years Barter has completed dozens of public commissions as well as many private works. He has also been active in teaching also and currently is the Visual Arts Teacher at Saint Kentigern Boys’ school.
Barter moved to New Zealand with his family in 2003 where he still resides. He has made and installed several artworks around Auckland City, and continues to make and install new works regularly.
Over the last twenty years Barter has completed dozens of public commissions as well as many private works.