Barbara Becker Simon has been a jeweler for over forty-five 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.
She has traveldc the United States as a Senior Instructor for the Rio Rewards Precious Metal Clay Certification Classes, as well as workshops for Metal Clay and Lampworking. 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.
Her work has won recognition and awards (Saul Bell Design Awards, 2007 & 2011) and has been featured extensively in periodicals and books, including PMC Decade and the upcoming Lark book, Showcase 1000 Beads. Barbara's own book, Metal Clay Beads, 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 Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum, Japan.
"I have been an artist all my life. I can't remember when I wasn't drawing or making something. I distinctly recall drawing ballerinas in kindergarten. Within the first week of jewelry class in college, I knew that this was where I wanted to be: designing and creating art to wear. And when introduced to the world of lampworking, I was gleefully consumed with the drive to create small, intimate objects in glass. Manipulating hot glass is, for me, an exciting, joyful process. When I can combine my glass with my metalwork, I feel that the best of both worlds has been achieved."