Welsh-born jewellery designer and maker Donna Barry graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2001. There she developed her own customised technique of fusion. Donna creates silver textured sheets inspired by repetition in nature and architectural shapes and patterns. By arranging and overlapping these shapes and then fusing and forming, Donna’s finished pieces resemble beautiful elements of flora and fauna.
Choosing to develop her work onto a larger scale, Donna stayed on at the Jewellery & Silversmithing department at Edinburgh to do a Post Graduate Diploma in 2002. During this time Donna designed and made a collection of silverware alongside her jewellery. During her post graduate show and New Designers Exhibition in London, Donna and her contemporary, Kaz Robertson were awarded £7000 from the Deutsche Bank Awards to set up their workshop at Coburg House Studios in Leith, where they still are to this day. Since then, Donna has continued to develop and show her work at exhibitions such as the prestigious Goldsmith’s Fair in London, and Origin at Somerset House. Donna produces large bespoke pieces for special exhibitions and smaller pieces for galleries and shops throughout the UK and America.
Working with silver and gold and a carefully chosen colour palette of semi-precious stones, Donna’s beautiful bespoke pieces such as her cluster neckpieces 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. Donna works intuitvely with her chosen materials allowing shapes and forms to develop through the making process.
2015 East Lothian Council – £400 towards research and development
2012 Craft Maker Awards – The City Of Edinburgh Council – £650 towards research and development
2003 Craftsmanship & Design Awards – Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council – Commended Silversmith/Smallwork section
2002 Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award – £7000 Start up grant
2002 Goldsmiths’ Company – Goldsmiths’ Fair Bursary – Free stand and £1000 towards materials
2002 Craftsmanship & Design Awards – Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council – Gold Award – Designer Finished piece
2002 Andrew Grant Scholarship for Post Graduate Studies