I don’t know about you but come Springtime I am in need of a few new baubles to give my wardrobe a fresh look. The whimsical and refreshing designs of Boston jewelry designer Barbara Goldberg of Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs totally fits the bill!
Barbara gets her inspiration from “anyplace I can see pattern and the interaction of colors”… sources including couture magazines like Vogue, interior design magazines and even store catalogs can inspire her to start sketching.
Barbara works with a rainbow of Polimer Clays many times adding silver, gold and copper leaf to the mix.
First she uses a pasta machine to flatten out the clay.
Then she rolls the various clays into a log as you can see below. The logs are sliced and then shaped into the individual clay beads which reveal the various swirls, grids, and waves that make each bead truly unique! The clay beads are baked in an oven and finally glazed with a resin.
In addition to making the labor intensive clay beads Barbara also produces her own hand blown glass beads. Many times she adds Swarovski crystals for a touch of sparkle. It is the combination of these elements: clay, glass, and crystal which makes her jewelry designs so special.
Barbara has a studio in the south end of Boston.
Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs
450 Harrison Avenue Suite 318
Boston Massachusetts 02118
If you are near Boston you can see her creations at the SOWA First Fridays Open Studios the first Friday of every month! Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA! Linda