Clear Metals Inc.

Clear Metals Inc.

About The Artist

Barbara Klar • Woodstock, NY

I started creating jewelry in high school from found materials that were recycled. I would search thrift shops, antique stores, and flea markets looking for parts that I could reuse in these creations. Years later, I learned proper metalsmithing & became aware of the entire tradition of metal craft and jewelry design and the worldwide history of these processes. Museums became haunts as I researched ancient metalwork not only in jewelry, armor, and hollowware but also as depicted in paintings. I became obsessed with reliquaries. I love the idea that metalsmithing is so tactile. Not only is jewelry the most intimate form of art, but it integrates into one’s identity and persona, thereby taking on new meaning. My work is inspired by found objects: an old wooden walking stick that may become handles for serving spoons or a rusted piece of hardware that inspires texture. These things motivate me to create pieces that become modern heirlooms.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work is cast, fabricated, and forged. Precious metals with precious and semi-precious stones.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I have always adored jewelry since discovering my mother's jewelry box. I think that jewelry is an art that is very special since it is worn close to the body. Sometimes when I create a piece a client will ask me: "how can you sell this piece?" My answer will always be: "Becuase I can now make something else".

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My jewelry is inspired by history as well as fashion and street style. It skips around the world of design and no two pieces are alike unless they are limited production.