In addition to teaching my basic welding classes here in Houston, I have been asked to teach some workshops for the Society of American Mosaic Artists. They are havering their annual convention in Houston this year and they asked if I would teach some classes on how to make Mounts, Hangers and armatures for mosaic Artwork. I made many armatures over the years in the museum exhibit business and I believe that I can present some eye opening material to these folks. The problem in hanging mosaic work is that it is so heavy. Mosaic is primarily glass, stone and cement. Can’t get much heavier than that. Also, because of its rigidity, mosaic work cannot flex as a rule. Steel is the ideal material for making hangers. With today’s modern welding equipment anyone can create beautiful, strong support structures in their own garage.

“Life Under the Roof of the Ocean” opens November 8

A showing of my new work entitled “Life Under the Roof of the Ocean” opens November 8 and runs through November 29.   The show will be held in Christ Church Cathedral’s Cloister Gallery at 1117 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.  (Street parking around the church, or there’s a church parking lot across the street.)

I will have a ‘school’ of new fish on display just in time for holiday gifting.  I will be there for the opening reception if you want first dibs on a piece.

Opening reception is Friday, November 8 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM

The show will run through November 29.   The Cloister Gallery is open during working hours of the Cathedral’s gift shop.  Treebeard’s restaurant is also in the Gallery and has a booming lunch crowd for its tasty southern cuisine.


John Barber’s upcoming welding classes

Upcoming welding classes in Houston, Texas scheduled for Fall, 2013

I’m back from my own welding class with Lincoln Welding in Cleveland, Ohio.  And, yes, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while there.  So I have new stories to tell in my classes, but you need to sign up first.  So here’s the classes I offer through Leisure Learning:

Basic Welding for Beginners – 1 Saturday, Noon – 5PM (listed under the Home Improvements tab).  This class is for anyone wanting to learn to weld, be it for basic repair of any kind, fence work, auto restoration, or creating works of art. 

August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21, October 12, October 26

Basic Welding for Women – 1 Saturday, Noon – 5PM (listed under the Home Improvements tab)

September 28

Art Welding: Create Your Own Metal Fish Artwork – 2 Tues and 2 Thurs, 7PM-9PM (listed under the Arts & Crafts tab).  This is a project class in which you complete a fish sculpture.

September 10, 24, 17, 19 or October 8, 10, 15, 17

All these classes fill quickly, so if you don’t want to get stuck on a waiting list, sign up ASAP.  I look forward to seeing you.





Welcome to John Barber Studios

Welcome to John Barber’s metal fish sculptures.  Each is individually handcrafted from cold-rolled steel – cut, hammered and welded into a 3-dimensional piece.  I have so many projects and classes going on I wanted to keep you updated as soon as they occur.  Next week I will be attending a class at Lincoln Welding for teachers.  I hope to come back with a great deal more knowledge about teaching the finer points of welding, especially for my students interested in art welding.  Take a look at the fish in my gallery and let me know how I can help you.