“A fire within…."
As a passionate metalsmith and jewelry designer, I envision my jewelry as having timeless appeal with urban, architectural influence. Handsculpted exclusively of Sterling Silver, copper, geodes, ages, fossils, and minerals, combined with the element of fire, result in simplicity and strength. My torch allows me to capture subtle gradations of color and texture, dramatic in scale, evocative in form with refined appeal.
I create ART. You Wear.
In early 2021, as the pandemic began to lessen, I embarked on a journey to strengthen and bolster my silver smithing techniques through professional studies. I began to employ newly refined, innovative design elements. Constructing open backplates instead of solid ones, creating air space around the focal stone or fossil feature, utilizing various iron settings, Sterling bars, shapes, circles, and geometrics; purposely creating "breathing" room for the stones and lighter physical weight for the wearer.
In August 2021, I was gifted a 1959 Jewelry Making for Tradesman and Craftsman book. While researching that era's craftman's techniques, I was wowed by the elemental and sculptural designs from the 50's- 60's. I set out to intensify my love of freeform design and marry it with abstract expressionism, the most important movement in the art world at that time, translated for today's modern woman. The results of this currently expanding venture have led to new interpretations for my art and have melded into many exciting new pieces.
Barbara is a member of the Association of Visual Arts in Chattanooga, The Georgia Goldsmith’s Group and the American Craft Council. Her work is privately collected across the United States and in Europe.