Barbara King
"Sterling Silver and Bronze Cuff"

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Barbara King
"Sterling Silver Handtwined Barrell Necklace"
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February Artist of the Month

Barbara King
King Lane Studio

Exeter Fine Crafts is pleased to present Barbara King as our February Artist of the Month. A jack-of-all-trades when it comes to metalsmithing, Barbara creates a variety of contemporary jewelry primarily from sterling and fine silver. She also incorporates metals like copper and 24k keumboo along with various semi-precious and precious stones, beads and pearls. Her signature hand woven chains are featured in many of her necklaces, bracelets and earrings, whether in a classic single rope-like design or in combination with several smaller and more delicately woven chains.

Barbara employs several jewelry making techniques in the creation of her work. From Keumboo, to “Marriage of Metals” to bezel setting and weaving techniques, the scope of Barbara’s work is truly limitless. Her favorite technique is the one she is most known for, weaving. Finding the process very relaxing, Barbara relies on methods such as the “double loop and loop” where she first fuses silver rings, shapes them into links, and weaves the links together into intricate chains.

In addition to her masterful weaving, Barbara enjoys creating silver and copper beads in a wide variety of intriguing textures, shapes and finishes. Some of her unique beads are chunky and just plain fun to wear. Other designs are elegant in a smaller scale. Barbara is also adept at mixed metal techniques, such as the challenging “marriage of metals” process and “Keumboo”, achieved by fusing 24K gold to fine silver.

Barbara also enjoys color. She is currently fascinated with making Dichroic Glass and uses it brilliantly in necklaces and pendants. Well-chosen beautiful beads and pearls are used as the focal point in some of her pieces, or as an accent in others. Barbara not only weaves silver, but also weaves glass beads into gorgeous one-of-a-kind bracelets and chokers.

Barbara became serious about a career in jewelry while working at Caravan Beads in Dover, NH, where she originally taught beading classes. She fell in love with silver when she took her first jewelry class through the Education Department at Exeter Fine Crafts. A silversmith for over 20 years, Barbara works out of her studio in Berwick, Maine. She has also taught several workshops on chain making at the Southcoast Learning Center in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.

Please join us on Saturday, February 10th between 12 and 3pm when Barbara will be here with her newest work, and will demonstrate her amazing weaving techniques! Exeter Fine Crafts is located at 61 Water Street in downtown Exeter. Stop by Monday through Saturday 10-5:30, or Sunday 12-4. Call 603 778-8282 for more information.

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