Monday, 1 December 2014

A Rosey Christmas Open Studios at Coburg

 Spotty Hydrangea Necklace
Silver, garnets and rose quartz

Hydrangea and loop pendant
silver, garnets & rose quartz

This week it's all about the Coburg House Open Studios. The jewellery is almost finished, now onwards with displays, painting, tidying and decorating.

Above is an invite to the private view for all you lovely followers. There will be a 20% discount on all Donna Barry pieces including these newbies above for blog followers only. Just mention my blog during Open Studios, that is all :-) As usual there will be my end of line and sample sale with amazing reductions. There maybe something still in there that you may have set your sights on before, only now it may be even less in price!

Friday night, the very awesome William Ancell from Edinburgh's finest Americana and folk band, Under The Dogwood Tree will be playing guitar in the gallery. Not only that, but Edinburgh Gin have very kindly sponsored us and will be just across from William serving special 'Coburg' Cocktails. It really is an Open studios not to be missed!

There are a few new names in the building and there has been a lot of shuffling of studios, so make sure you read the map or you might miss your favourite artist. Myself and Kaz Robertson are still in the same place. Sudio 46, in the Loft, first studio you come to.

Hope to see you there!

Donna x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

'Petals & Pearls' at Coburg Open Studios

 Oval Petal and Pearl Necklace
Silver, 18ct gold and freshwater pearls

 Oval petal earrings
silver and 18ct gold

Otis wanting to play in the studio

I've finally gone and introduced pearls to my work and I'm loving them. So much so, I've used them all up. I will need to pay a visit to Hatton Garden very soon I think.
The 'Oval petal' range is still going strong after a good few years as they are popular designs. It's lovely to see them being transformed though with these pretty pearls. Perfect for bridal jewellery or special occasions. You'll be able to see these new pieces at the Coburg Open Studios in just over a week's time.

Here's an invitation to the Private view. There will be my usual sample sale and reductions box with big discounts across the whole weekend. I'm personally looking forward to a good look around the studios myself and hopefully catch some good bargains.

Otis may make a guest appearance too!

Hope to see some of you there :-)

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

'Spotlight' Exhibition at Mobilia

This has been a long time coming and now finally, I can show you what I've been busy doing over the last few months. The two brand new pieces above (Fused Ovals Neck piece and Oval leaves earrings) are heading off to Boston in the US tomorrow along with a group of other special one-off pieces. Myself and Kaz Robertson have been working with a very well established and reputable gallery called Mobilia over the last twelve years. We were first introduced to Libby and JoAnne (owners of Mobilia Gallery) by our head of department, Dorothy Hogg MBE, at ECA in our final year. Since then we've exhibited with them in many shows over the years. Now they have asked us if we would like to do a joint 'Spotlight' exhibition. This has taken a number of months to get together alongside our other work for galleries, wedding ring workshops and the arrival of my new Boston Terrier pup, Otis. Thought you dog lovers out there might like a wee picture of him thrown in there too :-)

The exhibition kicks off on the 15th May and is on until 23rd June. For further details click here. If you're in the area, do go in and have a look. We wish we were going!

More exhibitions are in the pipeline for 2014. Keep checking down the right hand side for updates on forthcoming exhibitions.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The spots are back this Open Studios!

 Spotty Hydrangea Necklace
silver, labradorites & rose quartz

Spotty Hydrangea earrings

Apologies for my lateness with providing Open Studios details. I've usually done my post before now, but I've been having trouble getting into my blogger account. At last, I'm in! 

It has been a pretty busy couple of months getting all my galleries restocked and refreshed for Christmas and I am now almost ready for Coburg House Open Studios, starting on Friday evening. Well, myself and Kaz Robertson still have a lot to do which includes much cleaning and making the place look festive! You are all welcome to come along to our Private View this Friday (details above). If you can't make it along for a glass of vino, then do try and make it over the weekend (Sat & Sun 11am - 6pm). It really is the perfect chance to get some unique Christmas presents and for yourself too ;-)
I will be having a big clear out with up to 70% discount and even more on some sample and 'end of line' pieces. 

If you have followed my work since my degree show back in 2001, you will remember my signature spotty imprint on some of my pieces. This started off as a happy accident when I begun to fuse silver sheet pieces on a jeweller's honeycomb brick (used for soldering). Well, somewhere along the way, I lost the technique of spot catching. The heat of the torch, the length of time involved fusing and the brick itself are all important when creating this spotty pattern.  After finding some old bricks (they used to have  a smoother texture than they do now), I have managed to produce the spots again! I have missed them :-) Above are a couple pieces from my new 'Hydrangea' collection with my honey comb spots :-) These will be on display on the weekend amongst lots of other treasures.

If you can't make it to the Open Studios you are quite welcome to arrange an appointment with me on another day or you can visit my online shop at

Have a very happy Christmas if I don't see you.
Best wishes

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Back to White

'Long Snow bud Cluster' necklace
silver, labradorites & citrines

After a few years of thinking my work looks great photographed on a grey background, I've had a change of heart and with the help of some much appreciated feedback I've decided to go back to white. Using beautiful rich coloured stones like these citrines, the white really brings out the colours.This does however mean more work with regards to how the website looks! What have I got myself into?!
So here we have my latest special piece. Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a collection of necklaces which you can see here on my FB page. This one above is my favourite and I have plans to make more long cluster pieces like this. If there are any colour suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

The next few weeks is going to be based on working around these necklaces and making pieces of jewellery to compliment them. They'll then be ready for sending off to new and current stockists for (dare I say it) Christmas!

I'll keep you posted on upcoming exhibitions and stockists. Keep checking the stockist and exhibition listings down on the right hand side too.

Bye for now x

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

It's Summer 2013 and it's Open Studios time!

'Oval Petal' Necklace
Silver, 18ct yellow gold & rutilated quartz

 'Oval Petal' earings
Silver & 18ct yellow gold
I have I know been neglecting my poor blog and my followers of late, in fact it has been eight whole months! A lot has happened in that time with work and my personal life. All good things though :-) With the Make Your Own Wedding Ring workshops taking off this year, moving house, becoming an auntie for the first time AND taking driving lessons, it has been a busy year so far. And now since my last post, it is Open Studios time once again! Just where has the time gone?!

This Friday (Aug 2nd) we open our doors to the public. As usual there will be great art and crafts to view and purchase with many artists and makers including myself having big clear outs. You know what that means.....Big sales!

My new 'Oval Petal' necklace (above) will be on display and for sale along with the Oval Petal earrings which are now back in stock :-)

If you've not been along to recent events, just to remind you that myself and Kaz Robertson have moved to the Loft Studios. You'll find us in the first studio you come to on the top floor (Studio 46). I will also be available to chat to any couples about making their own wedding rings with myself and Hannah Louise Lamb.

We'll be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2nd, 3rd and 4th) 11am until 6pm. There will also be an opening on Friday night 6-9pm, so if any of you lovely followers would like to join us for a glass of wine, you are more than welcome.

If you can't make it along this time, do not fear, you can always head over to my website or to the Coburg House Studios website and look at our artists and designer makers. Click on your artist of choice and it should lead you to their website.

That's all for now lovelies and I promise I won't leave it so long next time! Hope to see you on the weekend :-)

Donna x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Coburg House Christmas Open Studios 2012

 Vintage Mirror Necklace with Oval Sapphire
Silver, labradorites and sapphire

'Frill' labradorite ring and 'Four Circle' labradorite ring
Silver & labradorites
£185 each

After a long day with my eyes fixed on the laptop and a few secretarial errors along the way, I have finally got around to posting some info on the Open Studios. Above is a Private View invite for you all. I do hope you can make it along at some point across the weekend. Unfortunately, I'll not be there on Sat 1st December as I am going to a wedding. However, my studio will still be open and the fantastic Miss Jackie will be available to help you!

As you can see above, I have made a few pieces with stones set in them. I bought these cabochon stones the last time I was in Hatton Garden and shortly after lost this beautiful oval sapphire. I was disappointed but I had faith that it would turn up, and it did. I obviously had chucked it in my little bag drawer along with all my other bags when tidying up.  
I haven't had much time on my hands to do much more of the stone setting but at least this is a little taster for the Open Studios. I hope to set aside some time in the new year to work on more pieces like these and perhaps with gold. This is just the beginning. I hope you like :-)

Just in case you missed the last Open event, I have now moved, still within Coburg House of course. I am now in the Coburg Loft, studio 46. It is the first one you come to on the top floor.

Hope to see you there!

Donna x