Clear Metals Inc.
About The Artist
Barbara Klar •
Jewelry • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
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.
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.