Barbara Becker Simon BIO & Beads

 

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Barbara Becker Simon earned a BS in Art Education and an MFA in Metalwork and Jewelry.  She has been a goldsmith for over 40 years and has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Menomonie and Iowa State University. 

Barbara travels the US teaching lampwork and metal clay workshops and as Senior Instructor for the Rio PMC Certification Program.  In 2004, Barbara traveled to Japan to teach PMC, and in 2008 taught in Australia.  Her teaching duties will take her to 3 countries in Europe in January, 2010. 

 

Her work appears in Creative Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques, Projects, and Inspiration New Directions in Metal Clay, (Wire), The Art of Metal Clay, (Haab), and PMC Decade and  PMC Technic, (McCreight), among other publications.  In April 2009, her book, Metal Clay Beads was published by Lark Books. 

“Big Links Necklace” won an award in the Saul Bell Design Competition ‘07.   

Barbara has also gained an international reputation for her lampworked glass beads and jewelry.  Contemporary Lampworking by Bandhu Dunham features Barbara’s work on the cover.  Formed of Fire (Dunham), Beads of Glass (Jenkins), and 1000 Glass Beads, (Lark) also feature photographs of her beads. 

Barbara’s work is in the collections of the Bead Museums in Washington, DC and Glendale, AZ and the Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum, Japan.

Barbara’s website is www.bbsimon.com          

 

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