Jewelry Artist Barbara McLaughlin defines her work as “Rich Textures ~ Gorgeous Gems”. I am often torn as to which is more important; as both play an important role in how and what I create. Studio space is shared with her husband Robert, a lapidary artist on the seacoast of New Hampshire.
McLaughlin is inspired by Maclura pomifera, commonly known as the Osage orange. The exterior surface is hard yet bumpy, but delicate, the perfect tactile influence for my jewelry. Utilizing sterling silver sheet, I roller print the metal with original auto shop rags. I use high karat gold to create a neutral zone between the textured surface and the gemstones. Robert is my other half, the lapidary artist who cuts the many gems used in my one-of-a-kind designs!.... opals being my favorite!
Barbara McLaughlin is a self-taught metalsmith with a thirst for knowledge. Armed with her MBA, books become her friend. Experimentation in the studio was substituted for formal training, allowing her to freely explore techniques.