Barbara Ellard attended Boston University as a Ceramic and Textile Surface Design dual major. The Program in Artisanry School provided a working studio atmosphere for serious craftsmen. Barbara has also studied at Rochester Institute of Technology, Mudflat Pottery Studio, Rugg Road Papers, The Arvada Center for the Arts, Shy Rabbit Printmaking Studio and Archie Bray Foundation.
Barbara's art has included ceramics, mosaics, textiles, paper making & printmaking. She is currently focused on ceramics, which include functional pieces and sculptures. Some of her work is high fired and other pieces are finished using low fired “alternative” firing techniques such as pit firing, naked raku, and horse hair.