Barbara was born in Montana, and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. From 1974-77 she did postgraduate work in the studio of Magdalena Abakanowicz at the Poznan School of Art, and in 1980-81 she was Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Western European Regional Research in 1986. When she and Pawel lived in New York, Barbara focused on site-specific projects and installations, but she also built up an archive of photos and drawings of ancient objects which she uses in her bronze furniture and hardware designs. Barbara's furniture is very classical, not very distantly Roman, and distinctly handmade.