Thursday, May 6, 2010

Barb first experienced
polymer clay 10 years ago, with a basic beginner class at a local community college. Since that day, she has continued working in the medium focusing on many different styles of beads and jewelry.

Currently, her Flora Art Jewelry line is sold in galleries across the country and at local art shows in the state. Since 2000, her beads have been sold to collectors all over the world. She has written online tutorials for Capped Swirl Lentils, Pillow Beads, Scrappy Swirls and Intro to Textured Flora Beads. Print articles include Kaleidoscope Tile Pendant for Polymer Cafe and Polymer Clay Tile Pendants for Bead and Button.

Barb also teaches private lessons from my home in the north valley of Albuquerque. She has won local and national awards for her jewelry. Her work can also be seen in the book Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay and the catalogs Progress and Possibilities and the Synergy2 Exhibit, Exploring Connections. Barb is active in the International Polymer Guild chairing Progress and Possibilities and Acres of Opportunity.

Inspiration comes from her own surroundings in the high desert of New Mexico where she has lived since the age of 5, when her father, an artist himself left Kentucky for this state that he had heard so much about. The vibrant colors in the wide open sky and the sprawling landscape, as well as the changing shadows and rustic texture make this area an artist's paradise!

I first saw Barb's beautiful floral work a few years ago - beautiful and beautifully made. She hasn't posted any floral classes, yet, but we hope you'll take a look at her Swirled Lentils class - gorgeous!


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