Starborn Ceramics
Equine Art
Equine art ~ Painting ~ Ceramics ~ Pottery

Driven by her infinite love of the Paint Horse breed, Bobbi Van Buskirk offers a glimpse of several of her ceramic pieces. Horses she currently owns or has bred in the past are artfully hand painted on the pottery. She has also painted some of the top stallions here in California.

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This wonderful vase was created for a friend of mine of her horses and dogs. Let me paint your special animal friends for you in a timeless piece of art especially created for you. You will love it!!

Order your own permanent art work of your favorite horse from Starborn Ceramics!

You can choose the type of piece you like or see some of Bobbi's private collection for sale on the

Art Show Pages

All of my artwork is original, hand painted, And ONE OF A KIND.

Hand Painted Horse Head Plates (9 inches) $85.00
Serving Platters (12˝ X 16˝ inches) $185.00
*Prices Include Shipping

CUSTOM ORDERS are welcome! Price will be determined by size of piece, labor and complexity of design. I can fulfill most all requests and you will have a one of a kind piece of art that you will cherish for years to come.

Please email or call for custom orders.
Ph: 209-207-9691

Bobbi has been featured in the October 2005 American Paint Horse Journal*

OUR TOWN Saturday, July 10, 2004

ARTIST PROFILE

Art that captures the spirit

By: Annie Rapaport
Tracy Press

Bobbi       Having spent her entire life creating art, Bobbie Van Buskirk is incredibly thankful for her talent.
      About 6 years ago she had surgery for rheumatoid arthritis, which left her practically immobile. It was during this time that her ability to express herself creatively reappeared in a more fulfilling way. While she struggled with the idea of being sedentary, she was still able to paint ceramic pieces. Although she was no longer able to pour and form her own ceramic pieces, the rebirth of her art showed her the reason for what she was dealing with.
      Bobbie paints animals, most often horses, onto ceramic vases and platters. She has also done her work on plates, canisters, and bookends. Her greatest inspirations are her own horses and many of her pieces have paintings of horses that she owns or owned at one time. She also paints other peoples' pets when commissioned to do so.
      "I can paint anyone's animal with amazing likeness," Bobbie said. "I have done a lot of art for people who have lost a pet and want something to treasure."
      Bobbie's specialty is to take an image of an individual's dog or cat and paint it in a beautiful nature scene on the ceramic piece. She noted that the response from her clients makes doing the art vry rewarding, and that people often cry when they see how well Bobbie has been able to capture their pet's likeness.
      "I really like the challenge of doing this type of commission work to memorialize people's pets," she said.
      Bobbie began doing art at a very young age and recalls that her elementary school teachers often told her mother that Bobbie was truly talented.
      "I have always done well in art, ever since I was a kid - I didn't do very well in history or English, but I never hesitated to get to my art class," she said.
      She continued to study art after high school at the Academy of Art, but when she graduated, she said, it was hard to find a job that would allow her to use her creativity.
      "I couldn't waste my life looking for a job; I had to go to work."
      She worked part time as a dental receptionist and financial secretary for 30 years. Her schedule gave her time for horse breeding and art.
      Since surgery, she devotes all her time to her art and horses.
      "I would encourage anybody to express themselves through art. Some of us have hidden talent that we don't even know is there unless we go looking for it," she said. "I love to express myself and my love of horses through art."
      Bobbie has displayed her work in the front window of Gilibert's Furniture Store for the last year and a half and has sold a number of pieces this way.


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