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 the 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.
Barbara has also had many art related work experiences. She has been employed in numerous galleries in Springdale, Utah. In 2003 she pioneered the first art program at Springdale Elementary School. She has been involved with Z-Arts, Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council, as a workshop coordinator & as a volunteer for many programs and events. Barbara also co-chaired the first Zion Canyon Open Studio Tour.
Barbara was employed from 2015-2017 in the Education/ Interpretation division of Zion National Park. She is currently working as an interpretive naturalist and hiking guide in and around Zion National Park. Her ceramic art work is represented at Juniper Sky Gallery in Kayenta, Utah and Art Works Gallery in Cedar City, Utah.