My name is Barb Barbee, I am an artist and jewelry designer living in Delaware Ohio. I have been creating jewelry for the past 26 years and selling my work at art shows for 23 years.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't working on some kind of art project, drawing, painting, working with clay, sewing, embroidering or building something. My jewelry business grew out of my love for rocks and minerals. A friend taught me how to string beads. I wore my new jewelry to work the next day and started selling jewelry that week. I taught myself how to wire wrap because at that time (the early 90's) I could not find someone to teach me. Wire wrapping was a secret. I took a jewelry class in 1994 to learn diamond setting and lost wax casting. I started doing silversmithing work next. I've been making and selling jewelry full-time since 1996 and still love doing it!
I still get a rush of adrenaline when I come to a show and see all the white tents! I enjoy my customers as much as I enjoy making the jewelry. I enjoy helping them find something new. It's very exciting to sell something you made and having someone else would like it as much as you do.
I have always tried to create affordable, well-crafted and well-designed jewelry. All my jewelry is handmade incorporating precious and semi-precious gemstones in my work. I use sterling silver, 14k gold, 14k gold-fill and copper in my designs.
My contemporary jewelry is hand-fabricated primarily in Sterling silver, Argentum silver and 14k gold-fill. Each piece is individually made. The wire wrap jewelry is made using my pliers and mandrels and my hands. I don't use a jig to form the wire.
I create a mixture of styles, including silversmith work, wire wrapping and beadwork. I
enjoy combining the different techniques to create my jewelry. I am a member of the
Worthington Craft Guild & The International Guild of Wire Jewelry Artists. You can find me at shows all over Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida.
I am part of a co-op Pizazz Gift Shop inside The Shops at Worthington Place since 2010.
Pizazz is part of the Worthington Craft Guild that has been around since 1973
The Worthington Craft Guild puts on 3 shows a year in side the mall. Spring, Fall and Christmas
You can reach me at
Home phone: 740-362-5504 (cell) 614-206-5591