Barbara Umbel

Living in the subtropics has influenced the forms we draw and fabricate. We combine natural shells and the imagery of creeping vines, foliage, and lush flowers to speak of the environment that surrounds us.
We build settings for shells and stones out of gold sheets and wires. We sculpt the silver by forging round sterling wires on an anvil to achieve a fluid sense of motion. Traditional blacksmithing techniques and hand tools are the foundation of our metals practice.
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