Share Your News and Events with SCA!

Let us know what you’ve been doing, if you are having a show, have some new art work, saw a great art article, anything art-related. Help us build our art community!

Click here to share your event

Click here to share your news

Getting to Know Susan K. Barker

How did you get started making art? As a descendant of two artists, John H. Twachtman and Worthington Whittredge, a creative spirit is a family tradition. Worthington Whittredge spent his summer in nearby Tiverton Four Corners, RI. I started working with silver in the late 70’s and was inspired again in 2006. It was after a bead show with my daughter Nina and I realized I could forge small, intricate silver pieces and combine glass beads and create unusual necklaces.

What influences your art? My study as a horticulture judge has brought me a tremendous depth of knowledge of all flower and leaf forms which guide me in my necklace designs. Also living by the sea, I understand marine life and the different fish and am able to capture what I see. 

What do you hope someone takes away from experiencing your art? A smile on ones face when they look in the mirror and see a “Susan Barker necklace” around their neck.

Please tell us about your process: I buy my silver in large sheets which I saw into various shapes. The final steps are to engrave numerous fish scales, delicate feathers, or tiny veins on the different silver pieces. Then I go over to my bead table of over1000 beads and start creating a necklace. I concentrate on the theme of the silver design and add different shaped and colored beads. Adding clasps in the final step.

What inspires your work? I have two studios with different surroundings. The summer by the sea and the fall and winter in the mountains.

When do you create your art? What is your studio practice? I work about three days a week and create about 100 necklaces a year, plus I make about two dozen silver earrings. My daughter Nina makes the bracelets. She is able to take a flat piece of silver and with heat and controlled blows of her hammer form an amazing bracelet. 

How long have you been a member of SCA? I have been a member since 2006.

Do you have any upcoming exhibits?

  • South Coast Artists Tour July 20 -21, 2019 
  • South Coast Artists Tour August 17 -18, 2019
  • NH Monadnock Art Tour October 12 -13, 2019 

How can people find your work? I do not sell my jewelry in stores. I will gladly show my jewelry if someone contacts me. Please visit my website for details: www.susanbarker.com

Contact Information:

Phone: 603 209 5755 (best to email me)

Email: susan43barker@gmail.com