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Barbara McFadyen - Quatrefoil Pearl Drop Pendant
Barbara McFadyen
Quatrefoil Pearl Drop Pendant
Embossed fine silver, 24kg Keum Boo, Freshwater Pearl, Sterling silver chain
1" x 3/4" x 18"
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Barbara McFadyen is a metalsmith and enamelist who has been designing jewelry in gold, silver, and enamel for five decades. Barbara received a BA in Creative Arts from Eckerd College in 1974 and was awarded her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2017. Nationally recognized through exhibitions with the American Crafts Council, the Smithsonian Institution, SNAG, and the Enamelist Society, her work is found in the collections of The Mint Museum and The Enamel Arts Foundation. Barbara enjoys the challenges and rewards of teaching, and has led courses and workshops throughout the US, Japan, and Italy. Barbara currently serves on the Board of the Enamelist Society and Pocosin School of Fine Craft. She lives in Chapel Hill NC where she maintains her studio practice surrounded by nature on an inspiring 50-acre farm.
My thoughts and emotions are deeply connected to the pure beauty, delicate details, and captivating patterns of the natural world. I relish employing time-honored metal techniques such as the ancient Korean art of Keum Boo with contemporary fabrication processes of die forming and embossing. My designs are stirred by the colors of silver gold and rich patinas juxtaposed with delicate contrasting patterns in playful countless combinations.
Through the dedication of making, I am able to lose myself in a kind of meditation while transforming raw gold and silver into other states, shaping and waiting for them to become revealed into unique, enduring objects of adornment.