Anne Forschler-Tarrasch was raised in Southern California and received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She completed her M.A. in History and Art History at the University of California, Riverside, and her Doctorate in Art History at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
spent several years in Germany, and focused her
education and training on European decorative arts of the late 18th and 19th centuries, developing a particular love for ceramics and decorative cast iron.
In 2009, she continued her studies in the decorative arts through the Attingham Summer School in England, where she was named the American Friends of Attingham and Lillian Hirschmann Scholar.
Since September 1999, Dr. Forschler-Tarrasch
has been the Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, where she
oversees the care, display, and interpretation of a 16,000-object collection.
has curated a number of exhibitions for the Museum and has reinstalled several galleries.
And, in 2008, she
successfully negotiated the acquisition of the Buten Wedgwood Collection
, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind.
In July 2009, she
published an extensive catalog of the Museum's collection of European cast iron.
In 2013, she
was made Senior Curator at the Museum.
She is active in a number of national organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Wedgwood International Seminar and the American Ceramic Circle.
She is editor of the Proceedings of the Wedgwood International Seminar and is contributing editor of Ars Ceramica.