Barbara Becker Simon
Barbara Becker Simon has been a jeweler/goldsmith for over fifty years and a lampwork/bead artist since 1996. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Metalwork and Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Barbara teaches Metal Clay and Lampworking workshops as well as being a “Camp PMC” Principal Instructor Precious Metal Clay Certification Classes. She has taught workshops at craft and art venues such as Haystack, Penland and Arrowmont and various venues in the US. Her international teaching has included many cities in Japan; Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, Australia; Zurich, Switzerland, Weil, Austria, and Cornwall, Yorkshire, and Edinburgh in the UK.
Barbara’s work has won recognition and awards (Saul Bell Design Awards, 2007 & 2011, both for metal clay) and has been featured extensively in periodicals and books, including PMC Decade and the Lark books: 1000 Glass Beads and Showcase 1000 Beads. Barbara's own book, Metal Clay Beads, (Lark, 2009) has been given high praise as a valuable and informative book for all levels of metal clay fans.
Barbara’s glass beads are in the collection of the Corning Museum of Glass in NY and the Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum, Japan.