Barbara grew up learning to make pottery with her family during the development of San Ildefonso blackware. However, she is known for intricately carved red, sienna, black and polychrome bowls and seed pots, sometimes with inlaid pieces of coral and turquoise but always with the "good luck spider" motif which she began developing in 1973.
In her words: "Whenever an Indian gets involved with art, they do it with their whole being - that's what makes the art unique." The sgraffito spider and spiderweb work she does have become her trademark.
Barbara signs most of her pieces "Tahn Moo Whe" but I have seen some signed "Sunbeam."