“I’ve always loved unusual, striking jewelry. When I found out that a friend of mine had a thriving handmade jewelry business in Atlanta, my curiosity was piqued. How did she come up with her designs and more importantly, how did she make the piece?
In an attempt to answer those questions, I found a bead shop and signed up for a class on earring making. Once I held the needle nose pliers in my hand and struggled to make a loop for the first time, I KNEW that my creative juices were simmering just under the surface!
In the beginning, I concentrated on beading with sterling silver wire. While beading is gratifying in its own way, metalsmithing has become my passion. The bends and swirls of sterling silver and copper create a free flow element to my bold offerings. In addition to the coolness of sterling and the warmth of copper, I’ve incorporated semi-precious stones into my one of a kind pieces.
As far as I’m concerned, jewelry should be an extension of your inner being. It is the final stroke of creativity on the palette—which is you.”
Barbara is a member of AVA, Georgia Goldsmith’s Group, and American Craft Council. As well as creating her own jewelry, she teaches classes in cuff and collar making for beginner to advanced students. Her works can be found in several states and as far away as Hawaii.