Barbara Harnack

Curriculum Vitae




Born in New York City in 1957 Harnack grew up immersed in a world of culture. At a young age her mother realized that Barbara was a gifted artist and set her daughter up in a series of private courses and museum studies. She was mentored by the puppeteer Madame Sorrell and studied at The Hudson River Museum. In High School she studied at The Art Student's League in New York. She received an award in High School as “Best Artist” and went on to study at California College of Art, Philadelphia College of Art, State University of New York and went on to receive her certification of Arts Degree from Parsons School of Design.


She moved to upstate New York and co-founded The Malden Bridge Pottery with her [to be] husband, Michael Lancaster. They later went on to found The Woods Gallery and The Malden Bridge Playhouse Society. It was during this time that Harnack shifted her 3-D clay work to mixed media sculpture for which she has become internationally recognized for over 30 years. The couple moved to New Mexico in 1987 where they raised their daughter and built the heralded art compound often dubbed “Studio 98B.” The green built compound made primarily of adobe was designed and hand built by the couple and a team of professionals. It has been featured in American Style and SuCasa.


Arts/ Museums/ Galleries


Harnack's large scale Raku and mixed media sculptures have been exhibited in dozens of US Galleries, shown in several biennials, and collected by museums, including the World Ceramics Exposition Foundation in Korea.


Publications and Awards:


Her art has been featured in numerous periodicals and books, including several Lark Book “500 Series,” Ceramics Monthly 3x, The American Ceramic Society, and Ceramic Art Monthly Korea. She has won awards from The 4th World Ceramic Biennale, The Clay National, and purchase prizes. She and her husband won an honorable mention for their children's book “The Boys From Baraboo,” which incorporated Harnack's sculpture to create the illustrations in the picture book.


New Directions:


Barbara Harnack has always treated the ceramic surface as a canvas for painting occasionally narrative and dramatic works. Although she has painted on canvas since 2001, often exploring for private study, she discovered a new approach to mixed media painting in 2015. She began painting on panels by first incising the surface and then refining and painting with various mediums to create abstract figurative paintings. Collectors responded quickly and Harnack decided to give a year to creating her first body of [these] paintings. They have the simplicity of her ceramic works, combined with a sense of naivety and strength. Like her artist statement they capture a feeling of being human, but the narrative is shrouded in mystery. Influences include: Marc Chagall, Odilon Redon, William Steig, Nicki Saint Phalle, Lucas Samaras, folk art and antique toys.


Barbara Harnack




Parsons School of Design 1978-1980

State University of New York at Albany 1976-1978

Philadelphia College of Art 1976

California College of Arts and Crafts 1975

Malden Bridge School of Art 1975

Rhode Island School of Art 1975

Art Students League 1974



For current galleries and exhibitions check with the artist


Selected Shows

Further Representation: for a complete list contact the artist


Selected Shows

“Portraits Collected and created by Gary Kelly” The Hearst Center

for the Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA 2011

Two Person Show, with Michael Lancaster, iota, Dallas, TX 2009

Spontaneous Dance” – The Art of Barbara Harnack

and Michael Lancaster, Iowa Artisans Gallery 2008

Clay National 2007 NCECA exhibit at

Kentucky Museum of Art, Louisville, KY 2007

World Ceramic Biennial, Icheon, Korea 2007

Face to Face” Seebeck Gallery, Pleasant Prarie, WI Two person exhibit 2006

The See-r & The Seen, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR

Solo Exhibit 2006

Two Person Show, Clay & Fiber, Taos, NM 2005

Salon 2000, Exploration Black Mountain College Cerrillos, NM 2000

Clay 2000, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM; House of Taos, Taos;

NM, Harwood Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM 2000

Women Artists in the land of Enchantment

Lewallen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1999

Feats of Clay XIII

Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA 1999

Feats of Clay XII (Purchase Prize)

Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA 1998

Sculpture Invitational

College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 1997

A Garden of Earthly Delights

Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR 1996

Vase Forms, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA 1995

Clay Workers of New Mexico

Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, Governor’s Gallery 1995





Selected Shows (continued)


Eight – Sculptors of New Mexico, Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts,

Governors Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1994

Solo Exhibition, Hanson Galleries, Knoxville, TN 1994

Sculpture Invitational

College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 1993

Cupid and Eros, America House, Piermont on Hudson, NY 1993

Figurative Clay National - Biennial

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 1991




Honorable Mention – The Boys From Baraboo” Five Star Book

Awards - “Purple Dragonfly” 2013

Honorable Mention

The 4th World Ceramic Biennale,

International Competition, Icheon Korea 2007

Art Maxim Exhibition Award

New Mexico Clay 2000 2000

Purchase Prize

Feats of Clay XII, purchase award, Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA 1998

Honorable Mention, Figurative Clay National, 1991

Best of Show, Regional Multimedia, Albany Institute of Art 1984

Honors in the Arts –I Love NY Arts Commission,

State University of New York at Albany 1983

Betty Warren TU, Scholarship Award 1977




“500 Figures II” Lark Books 2014

“The Boys From Baraboo” (illustrated by Barbara Harnack) 2013

“First Potters/ Sculptors – Now Authors” American Style

Winter issue 2012

“Couples in Clay” Ceramics Monthly, pgs 36-45

November Issue 2011

“500 Raku” Lark Books 2011

“500 Vases” Lark Books 2010

“Ceramics Today” Schiffer Books 2010

“Raku, Pit & Barrel Firing” American Ceramic Society 2008

Ceramics Monthly, “Barbara Harnack’s Archytypal Tribe,”

By Hollis Walker, March Issue, pages 45,46,47 2007

American Style, “Mastering the Elements”

Harnack Lancaster Feature” Summer issue 2007

Su Casa, “Face the Land” Summer issue 2007

Ceramic Art Monthly, Korea, World Arts Issue,

“3 Artists; American Craft Baltimore” April issue 2006




(Publications Continued)


Who’s Who, in American Women 3x

In America/West In America 2x In the World 2000-2006

Ceramics Monthly,

“Jackie Chalkley Article”, April issue 1994




Teaching & Administrative Experience


“Glazing & Raku” Ghost Ranch 2011

“Finding One's Voice” Collaborative/ collaboration workshop

with Michael lancaster at Ceramic league of Miami 2011

Raku Panel – Ghost Ranch NMPCA 2007

Established Harnack Lancaster Award for Innovation And

Excellence in the Ceramic Arts, NMPCA 2006

Juror, A Celebration of Clay, NMPCA, Albuquerque, NM 2007

Art Director, NJ Lancaster Fine Art, Madrid, NM 1997-98

Advisory Board, International Friends of Transformative Art

Scottsdale, AZ 1990-1992

Board of Directors, Malden Bridge Arts Center, NY 1980-1986

Founder Co-owner The Woods Gallery, Malden Bridge, NY 1982-1987

Co-founder Malden Bridge Pottery, NY 1980-1987





World Ceramics Foundation, Korea

Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art

Tom Ford

Tom Aageson

The Dennis & Colleen Bindly Collection

Gary Oldman

Uma Thurmon

Elizabeth Taylor

Bill Richardson

David & Bernice Stearman

Gary Kelly

Stanton See Perry and Kelly Perry