Award-winning Welsh jeweller Donna Barry has been designing bespoke jewellery pieces for over a decade. She trained at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2001, acquiring her Postgraduate Diploma in 2002 whilst working at the Jewellery and Silversmith Department.
Working with silver and gold and a carefully chosen colour palette of semi-precious stones, Donna’s beautiful bespoke pieces are made up of continuous floral and bud clusters. Other pieces are constructed of fine sheet layers that glisten and often move when handled or worn. Donna’s vocation as a florist for five years provided her with a plethora of shapes and textures to draw inspiration from. By arranging and overlapping these shapes and then fusing and forming, Donna’s finished pieces resemble beautiful elements of flora and fauna. Donna works intuitively with her chosen materials allowing shapes and forms to develop through the making process.
Donna was awarded a grant from the Deutsche Bank Awards at her Post Graduate Show, which subsequently funded her studio space in Leith where she still works. She has exhibited work at the Goldsmith’s Fair in London and Origin at Somerset House, and has produced bespoke pieces for shops and galleries across the UK and abroad as far as Japan and America.