Vera Baney has been involved in creating ceramics since the ealy 1960s and had her first solo show in Trinidad in 1967, consisting of over 140 pots. The public response was astounding, it was the first show of ceramics in the country. She followed up with solo shows in 1969 and 1971, with many joint and group shows in between. Mural at Bank of Nova ScotiaShe did commissions for the Central Bank, and a ceramic relief for Abel. Also a wonderful mural for the Bank of Nova Scotia ( see photo at right). She also taught ceramics for the then Extramural Department of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.

After moving with her husband to the United States she received her Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art from the University of Maryland and she taught ceramics at the Community College of Baltimore County at Dundalk from 1980 - 1996.

In 1999, after visiting England and Ffrance Vera suffered a severe stroke and lost the use of her dominant (left) hand and is since then confined to a wheelchair. However, Vera is a very determined person and she gradually trained herself to use her right hand. First she made small pinch pots and finally got back to making coil pots. she challenged herself to make them bigger and better. Although she cannot make the kind of forms like she used to because of her limitations, she continues to make pots and has reclaimed an important part of her life. She goes to her studio every day to work on new designs.


Vera in her studio after stroke
Vera Baney working in her studio

pots done after stroke -
Vera Baney's Studio with Pots done after her stroke