BButtler Designs

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barbara buttler

Jewelry making has been an on-going passion of mine for over thirty years. I’ve been a jewelry and bead-collecting addict since creating my first pendant in Kindergarten class–agate with wrapped copper wire, hanging from a leather cord. I had found my creative muse.

I did my formal design training at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design with a certificate in graphic design. This training greatly influenced my approach to jewelry design–I was introduced to typography, calligraphy, and font families, and I came away with an appreciation of the letter form, type, words and patterns, and of course, color. 

It only took a few years of working in the graphic design field to make me realize that I missed working in metal, so I went back to school and completed the Certificate in Metal Craft from the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts. There I developed my original signature jewelry line and have been developing my style and design aesthetic ever since.

Having an extremely active mind that is easily distracted by shiny and colorful objects, I’m very aware of my physical surroundings. I look for graphic components in found objects, from nature–tree bark and sea shells– photographs, architectural drawings, even scraps of paper found on the street. 

The most satisfying aspect of jewelry making (and what keeps my passion for the art alive and growing) is knowing that I can create a piece of wearable art that is seen, touched, and appreciated by both the wearer and the observer and–I hope–will be passed along to family members or friends, keeping the piece alive and adored for generations to come.