During her earlier career in the fashion industry, Barbara began to explore clay as an alternative medium to fabric. In fashion, the layering of textiles and the power of the cut merge to find new balances and forms, the biomorphic and geometric held in tension. She is fascinated by the geometry in nature, especially as growth and random chaotic forces skew and distort the initial perfect symmetry. Her ceramics explore the multi-layered effects nature creates via the laying down of strata, weathering and erosion.
Barbara works with a grogged porcelain, using Nerikomi techniques. This involves adding oxides or stains to the clay to colour it and then joining, slicing and rejoining layers of colours to build up patterns through the clay. The pieces are then slab-built. After sanding and biscuit firing to 1046 degrees, the pieces are re-sanded and then further decorated, using various resists before smoke-firing and final polishing.