Barbara Joiner, Resident Jewelry Artist

Barbara Joiner lives in Brasstown, NC a short distance from the Folk School where she is the Resident Artist of the Jewelry Studio. She has taught classes in clay and jewelry for over 25 years. She studied clay at the University of Illinois, silversmithing at Indiana University, and she has an MFA degree from Southern Illinois University. Barbara's work is in many collections, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and has won numerous awards throughout the U.S. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and is the Folk School's Resident Artist in Jewelry & Metals.


“Working with silver, and sometimes a touch of gold, allows me to pattern and texture these pieces.  Whether hammering silver wire to create careful transitions from plane to plane and a play of light and sparkle on the surface, or printing and stamping textures and patterns found in nature, I am always interested in making my work playful and fun to wear.  I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.” -Barbara Joiner