Barbara Franklin was born in South Africa, emigrated to London in 1972.
Barbara began her ceramics journey in 1976, when she was urged to go to a pottery class at the Henrietta Barnet School in London. She knew that day that her love of making a mess with clay to create something beautiful was going to be her calling.
She had an encouraging teacher in John Brown who put her on the path to create many types of work including abstract sculpture. She did this part-time as she was a kindergarten teacher.
Franklin arrived in Dallas in 1989. While attending Brookhaven College to further her artistic studies in ceramics she was very fortunate to have Du Chau as a teacher and mentor.