born 1967 in Berlin, studied design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. She has been working for KAHLA Thüringen Porzellan GmbH since 1991. She took on a leading role in the reorientation of the company, and also as the initiator of the KAHLA design contests. For her work she received more than 40 design awards. Since 2013, Barbara Schmidt has been Professor for Experimental Design at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art.