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Polymer Jewelry Trunk Show
Cedar Creek Gallery is thrilled to announce a
Polymer Jewelry Trunk Show
from 10am on Friday, April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 14 at 6pm.
Meet Meisha and learn about her incredible techniques with color and pattern in her polymer jewelry. Choose your favorite pendants, earrings, and rings to add to your jewelry collection!
Friday, April 5th, 6pm – 9pm
Polymer Jewelry Trunk Show Opening
Saturdays & Sundays, April 6th & 7th, 13th & 14, 11am – 12:30pm, 2:30pm – 4pm
Polymer Jewelry Demonstration
Meisha Barbee Bio
I'm inspired by good design. I spend my life seeing and responding to good design all around me. It's just something I do naturally, so I think I'm tuned in to current trends without really trying. Color and design are my passion. I respond to the color and patterns of textiles, textures in nature and architecture, the harmonious balance of interior spaces, and so on. Good design is everywhere. I also appreciate and respect good craftsmanship. It speaks to the integrity of good design, and I always try to execute my designs with that in mind. --Meisha Barbee
Meisha Barbee designs polymer clay jewelry featuring, contemporary patterns complemented by a rich and soothing color palette. While her main focus is now in polymer clay she has worked in many mediums throughout her artistic career including printmaking, papermaking, ceramics and art glass. Barbee studied fine art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, California and sculpture with Italo Scanga at the University of California at San Diego.
Barbee worked as an art and production coordinator for a fashion accessories company, before traveling to Saudi Arabia, where she taught courses in printmaking and ceramics. She successfully coordinated two art exhibits, before relocating to San Diego, California.
In 2005, Barbee began working seriously with polymer clay. Barbee was inspired by textiles; all the beautiful colored stripes, and modern motifs influenced her design aesthetic. Armed with this inspiration, she started creating simple colored stripes in polymer clay. She combined them with textured sheets and thin strips of colored clay to design one of kind pendants. She says, "They were like little tiny sculptures. I was hooked! I love working with polymer clay, because it allows such creativity. Polymer clay is such a versatile medium and ideal for color mixing. There is no better way to showcase what I love best - COLOR AND DESIGN. The clay keeps pulling me in new directions. My work is continually evolving, and I expect my excitement about polymer clay to continue to renew itself for years to come."
Barbee describes her approach saying, "When I work, I tend to mix large varieties of color at one time; then create several patterned canes. This allows me to pick and choose from the array, and combine them in very spontaneous ways." She is a master of clay canes made with the same meticulous approach used in millefiore glassmaking. Her canes are made by rolling and stacking colored clay and cutting the cane into slices which create precise floral designs, stripes or concentric circles. These motifs are beautifully composed to create unique pieces of art; which often use subtle texture, and mica which is added for depth and its pearlescent quality.
As a winner of the Niche Award in 2008 and finalist in 2011, Barbee has been recognized as a leader in her field. A member of the International Polymer Clay Association, as well as her local San Diego Guild, Barbee describes these organizations as being comprised of fine artists who are committed to sharing and expanding their knowledge of the endless possibilities of polymer clay.