Nick Grant Barnes

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 abowls 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.


500 Metal vessels

500 Wedding Rings

The Yaw Gallery – The Functional Vase – 1998

FoldForming – Charles Lewton-Brain

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

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