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BarbaraBeckerSimon

Barbara Becker Simon

Cape Coral, Florida · 257 Sales

BarbaraBeckerSimon

Barbara Becker Simon

Cape Coral, Florida 257 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Welcome to my shop! Do you love unique jewelry and lampworked glass beads? You are in the right place! I have been making jewelry for nearly 50 years and lampworking for 20 years. Nothing but the highest quality of craftsmanship and aesthetics will do! I use metal clay and glass to create fabulousness! Check out my loose beads too.

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Last updated on Mar 30, 2016

Welcome to my shop! Do you love unique jewelry and lampworked glass beads? You are in the right place! I have been making jewelry for nearly 50 years and lampworking for 20 years. Nothing but the highest quality of craftsmanship and aesthetics will do! I use metal clay and glass to create fabulousness! Check out my loose beads too.

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Altered Bangles in my Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/shop/barbarabeckersimon This is one with gold anodized aluminum jump rings. So cool so lightweight so je ne sais quois!!
"Frames" texture plates 1 LG & 1 SM. same designs with a size range. See the bronze toggle that I made using a frame from the A series. Etsy.com/shop/barbarabeckersimon See all 4 of these versatile texture plates
"Frames" texture plates 1 LG & 1 SM. same designs with a size range. See my Examples of jewelry made with this LG plate. Ring & pendant. Etsy.com/shop/barbarabeckersimon See all 4 of these versatile texture plates
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About

I have always been an artist......

since I can remember, drawing ballerinas in kindergarten! I went to college to get a degree in Art Education and fell in love with an elective course: Jewelry!

Why do I love to wear jewelry, make jewelry, talk about jewelry, imagine future pieces while I wait at a traffic light?? Lots of reasons! Jewelry, an art form that is designed to be worn, has many functions: to indicate status (like a wedding ring), to act as a talisman or or amulet (a 60's hippy "peace' sign), to act as a commemorative symbol ( a class ring), or to just be an expression of your personal expression; not unlike way you decorate your living space, the clothes you wear, or the music you like to listen to. When you note the kind of jewelry someone is wearing, it gives you a hint as to who they are.

I make jewelry that comes from ideas the occur to me whether serious or silly, or Mother Nature's splendor, or what ever pops up. I just love to be able to express who I am by what I use to adorn myself. If what I do, clicks with you, then that makes me happy.

That first jewelry class was in 1966. I decided to further my education and get a Master of Fine Arts in Metalwork and Jewelry which would enable me to teach on the University level--which I did in Menomonie, WI at the UW, Iowa State University, and Southwest Florida State College. Now I teach all over the USA and the world: Japan, UK, Austria & Switzerland.
I am not only a teacher but a "Maker" as well. I have been making one-of-a-kind, commissioned jewelry for decades using traditional goldsmithing techniques. In 1996 I was introduced to flameworked glass beads and in 1997 to Precious Metal Clay and my studio emphasis took a wild turn! Now, those two media are the most prevalent in my work. Once in a while I revert back to traditional metalsmithing, but I am so in love with metal clay and glass that the saws, files, solders and casting aren't as tempting as they once were! I am surprised because I always thought I would be making art jewelry with those traditional materials--gold, diamonds, sterling, etc. You never, ever know what unexpected things will happen in life!
Over the years, I have written a book, "Metal Clay Beads" (sadly out of print--but you can find it on Amazon), won prestigious awards (Saul Bell Design Award 2007, 2011), traveled the world to teach, and hopefully provided guidance and inspiratiion to beginning, and beyond, jewelry artists. Lately, I have seen a good number of private students here in my well equipped studio. (I have 50 years of accumulated tools and "toys!" for them to play with!) It is such a pleasure to welcome students into my home studio!
I feel so lucky to do what I am good at and what I love to do for my livelihood. Whether you own a piece that I have made, a tool that helps you in your work, or have participated in a class I taught, I am so grateful to have touched your life.

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  • Barbara Becker Simon

    Maker, Teacher, Chocolate Lover

    I am a baby boomer born in 1946. Always been making things: drawings, constructions, clothes, puzzles, food, you name it, I like to use my hands and my brain. I love trivia (I was on Jeopardy in 1990 and won $6000 and a trip to Puerto Rico!!) I love crossword puzzles especially the Saturday NYT and the Saturday Stumper from Newsday--I do them in pen, hah! I have two cats that rule the house: Tom (laidback) and Sandra Elaine (flat out DIVA). I have lived in Florida for 30 years; only time I don't like it is when a hurricane is looming--not fun. Pretty much a happy camper and can't complain. How 'bout you?

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