Barbara Brown in the design studio.
has always had a love of expressing her
creativity through both music and the visual arts.
As a jeweler, she
finds creating with her
hands grounding and deeply satisfying.
Precious Metal Clay
(PMC) has emerged over the years as her
medium of choice.
enjoys the feel, the tactile sensation of forming and molding clay, as well as the satisfaction and delight of guiding it into precious metal creations.
enjoys the textural possibilities that PMC
offers and loves the holistic process of the medium.
The fluidity of PMC
to transform clay into her
organic, nature-inspired shapes and designs, which is then fired into precious metal.
finds the magical transformation of clay to pure silver and gold nothing short of miraculous.
A career in music evolves into a career as a fabrication jeweler.
By way of a twenty-year career in music performance and education, Barbara
followed an interesting path to her
current double-career of fabrication jeweler, and partner/assistant winemaker of R&B Cellars
, a family owned winery which she
owns with her
husband/winemaker, Kevin Brown.
Out of college, Barbara
was a professional performing flutist.
soon became attracted to the Kodaly Method of music education, went back to school for certification, and proceeded to lead a double career as performing flutist and music educator/choral director.
Barbara at an R&B Cellars event.
The path to visual arts and jewelry making was a natural one.
As an educator with summers off, Barbara
was able to explore the passion of creating things with her
many creative explorations, collage painting and jewelry making were what spoke to her
Ultimately, the limitless textural possibilities of PMC
made this her
favorite medium, whereby she
could now combine the textural delight of collage painting with jewelry fabrication.
Moreover, with PMC, Barbara can now incorporate the depth she found in her music, and express it in a visual medium.
In 2004, the Barbara Brown Designs
jewelry line was born.