Gwen's jewelry is designed with an eye to serene beauty and delicacy, and hand finished with meticulous attention to detail. She uses both ancient and advanced techniques, and only the finest materials, always with reverence for the rich history and legacy of the decorative arts.
Each Gwen Barba piece begins simply, with a sketch. Pencil to paper. That sketch is then transformed into a physical object -- hand carved in wax or built piece by piece in CAD (computer aided design). Waxes are cast into metal; components are fitted, filed and soldered; stones are selected and set; glass enamel powder applied and kiln fired. The piece is then further refined with precision through multiple rounds of obsessive and attentive finishing.
Gwen Barba is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer. She began hand-making jewelry after earning an MFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. The technical, process-driven nature of printmaking led her intuitively to jewelry making - both disciplines require a creative, methodical, iterative approach to bringing an idea to life. In addition to her fine art education, Gwen later studied with a master jeweler, acquiring traditional bench skills and knowledge of jewelry construction standards.
Previous to launching her eponymous collection, Gwen founded Concarta: a studio that crafted intricate, custom paper sculptures. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their poorly behaved dog, Cooper.