“I was born in Surrey, England in 1946, but have lived in New Zealand on and off since the 80’s and permanently since 1991. I am a self-taught painter and jewellery maker. The sea, the land, birds and fish run through my jewellery. New Zealand offers all - in abundance. The sea has always been an influence on my work. I went to sea as a boy in the British Merchant Navy (1963 - 1972). Using simple methods of forging and shaping, often the work has surface textures and marks. In my jewellery I love the workability and colour of gold and silver and prefer to use semi-precious stones that I often rough-cut myself. I have been influenced by the Minoan, Cycladic and Celtic cultures as well as the modern artists, Brancusi, Picasso, Giocometti and Marini”.
Christchurch-based Barry Clarke is a jeweller and an artist. The honesty and integrity of his work bears testament to the nature of Barry’s practice. Each piece of his jewellery is raw and reveals the marks of the hand forging process. With the precious metals and stones left unadulterated, his work is both unique and aesthetically rewarding. Barry works in pure silver, 18ct - 22ct gold and utilises precious and semi-precious stones including ruby, emerald, aquamarine and rose quartz, and materials such as beach stones, basalt and marble too. Barry has been exhibiting nationally and internationally on an annual basis since the late 1980s.