Yorkshire metalsmith Nick Grant Barnes and Diane; two brilliant teenagers, two cats & Bethany the pup have made their home & workspace in Maryland since 1995.
Through teaching & creating one off commissions for customers & exhibitions, he has developed his style working with a myriad of mediums from precious metals, plastics, woods, & not too precious materials that are fun to play with.
Color, Shape & form
The form follows my desire to explore the shapes & textures materials will allow me to inflict on them using my hands & a variety of hand tools. Inevitably the piece comes to a conclusion when light & the way it plays on the form pleases me. To this end, function is not always to the forefront of my thinking; more the desire to hold, to touch or simply to gaze. We all decide to what function items we bring into our lives should have, I just narrow those choices down a wee bit.
Nick’s work has been collected & exhibited internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications.
Nick currently teaches part time in the Jewelry department at the prestigious Art League School in Alexandria,VA
Nick is also a part of the talented collective teaching at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington, VA
He is an active & proud member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths
Metals prize – Creative Crafts Council – 1998
Extraordinary Service Award – Washington Guild of Goldsmiths Biennial Show – 2002
Metals prize – Creative Crafts Council – 2002
Secret Indentities Show – Best in show – 2nd place – 2005
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – Jurors special recognition award – 2005
Saul Bell design award – Rio Grande – 2nd place in the Enamel category – collaborative piece with Abby Shindler Goldblatt.
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – jurors special recognition award – 2010
Metals prize – Creative Crafts Council – 2011
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – jurors special recognition award – 2014
Metals prize – Creative Crafts Council – 2015
See more of Nick’s work at NickGrantBarnes.com