Barbara S. Fernald P.O. Box 57 Islesford, Maine 04646 Telephone: 207 244-5283 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I notice the edges and angles of my surroundings as often as I notice light and color. The lines of an incidental placement of tools can inspire my next piece of work. My designs are influenced by the random simplicity of life on a small island, as well as my sense humor and the latest techniques I have learned.
Much of my work is of fine silver that starts out as Precious Metal Clay (PMC). This is metal made pliable by suspending microscopic particles of fine silver in a water-based organic binder. When fired in a kiln at 1650°f, the binder burns away allowing the silver particles to sinter. The result is a solid piece of pure silver with all the shape and surface texture of the original clay design. With PMC, and now with copper and bronze clays I am able to create my own unique beads and components with a maximum amount of texture and a minimum amount soldering.
The recent rise in the price of precious metals compels me to broaden my knowledge of other materials such as base metals and polymer clay.
1965 to 1970 – Ruining more than one pair of my mother’s good eyebrow tweezers to make necklaces of beaded wire links, mussel shells and macramé. Rochester, New York.
1975 – Silver class, Earl Pardon, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
1979 to 1981 – Bench worker for Caswell Samuel, Islesford, Maine.
1982 – Silver granulation and reticulation course, John Cogswell, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts,Deer Isle, Maine.
1983 to 2005 – Self taught, Islesford.
1985 – Silver Wire workshop, Mary Lee Hu, Haystack.
1986 – Silver Casting class, J. Fred Woell, Deer Isle, Maine.
1988 – Forging workshop, Ronald Pearson, Haystack.
1989 – Stamping, Chasing, Tool Making, Tim McCreight, Haystack
1993 – Polymer Clay workshop, Steven Ford and David Forlano, Haystack.
1998 – Precious Metal Clay class, J. Fred Woell, Deer Isle.
2003 – Precious Metal Clay, Rio Grande certification class, J. Fred Woell, Deer Isle.
2004 – Keum-boo workshop, Jayne Redman, Haystack.
2005 – Precious Metal Clay bead workshop, J. Fred Woell, Deer Isle. 2010 – PMC Pendant with New Polymer Inlay Techniques, Celie Fago, Bethel,Vermont 2011 – New Tricks to Bead Making Without Cores, Fred Woell, Deer Isle 2011 – Beginning Beadmaking/Flameworking Class, Ed and Virginia Slawson, Rockland, Maine 2011 – Mokume Polymer Clay Bracelets with PMC Adornments, Celie Fago, Bethel Vermont
Work on display and for sale: Archipelago Gallery, Rockland, Maine Alone Moose Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine Center for Maine Craft, Gardiner, Maine Red Dot Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine Winters Work, Islesford, Maine Whale’s Rib, Great Cranberry Island, Maine
Publications: PMC Guild Annual #3 Exceptional Work in Metal Clay: 2009 PMC Guild Annual #4 Exceptional Work in Metal Clay: 2010 PMC Guild Annual #5 Exceptional Work in Metal Clay:2011 The Working Waterfront, monthly newspaper published by the Island Institute, “Cranberry Report,” 2002 to present
Awards: Saul Bell Design Award 2006. Second place, PMC category. Saul Bell Design Award 2009. Finalist, PMC category.
Shows: 15 Maine Jewelers at Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME. 2006. Maine Public Broadcast Network, 2009 Annual T.V. Auction, Juried Art Show
Memberships: Maine Crafts Association Precious Metal Clay Guild