Pam Barry Jewelry
"I'm interested in creating jewelry that enhances feelings of aliveness, beauty, and playfulness. I love making objects that can draw people together and spark conversations."
Pam Barry artfully assembles stones, found objects, and beads into modern and organic statement jewelry. A passion for modern and contemporary art inspires her work. She thinks of each assemblage as a wearable sculpture, and combines common materials such as Japanese acupuncture tubes, springs, and violin tuning pegs with natural materials such as stones, mica, and lava.
The assembling of often disparate elements into unified compositions is what fascinates Barry. Materials collected over a lifetime speak to the artist and trigger ideas. Each work requires its own subtle engineering and is designed and constructed by the artist herself.
After completing silversmithing course work in high school, Barry studied art at Southern Methodist University and received a B.F.A. She began making jewelry with various materials as a part-time business in 1971. For many years she was in charge of the design and construction of fifty hotel stores across the country. She has supported herself with her full-time jewelry business since 1984.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Meet the Artist, Dallas, Texas, Nasher Sculpture Center, 2010
Louise Nevelson exhibition, San Francisco, CA, de Young Museum, 2008 - 2009
trunk shows, New York, NY, Bergdorf-Goodman, 2 a year: 2000 - 2006