About Peterson MADE
Barb Peterson | Founder. Designer. Goldsmith.
Peterson MADE, a jewelry brand designed and handcrafted by Barb Peterson. Every piece of the collection is made by Barb, in her North Carolina studio.
A bit more about Barb's story:
What started as a hobby for creative expression in 2008, quickly evolved to a small business and a serious quest to build technical knowledge and skills. Leaving the early days of ‘self-taught’ behind, I became a student of many nationally known masters for a classical education in metal and jewelry arts attending workshops and numerous intensive programs at Sawtooth School for Visual Art (North Carolina), Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina), Jewelry Arts Institute (New York), Wolf Designs (Maine), Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts (Tennessee), and the Graduate Bench Jeweler Program and Stone Settng Intensive at New Approach School for Jewelers (Tennessee).
My work reflects a modern take on traditional goldsmithing skills - fabrication, stone setting, metal alloying, wax carving, and casting - and I continue to explore new techniques and inspirations to build my design vocabulary. Learning is never done! No matter the medium, you'll find real handmade jewelry at Peterson MADE . . . modern designs, traditional techniques, and uniquely handcrafted with quality.
As for my other professional pursuits, I've built a 20+ year career in the global financial and technology sectors centered on program management, operations, and customer service - all of which are applicable in my jewelry practice! Although my path is likely very different from other artists, I feel fortunate to bring my business experience to meet my creative passions in the jewelry studio.
2017 marked the beginning of a year-long creative sabbatical, where I made a full-time investment in my artistic passions. Building new skills, forging new relationships, expanding my jewelry business, and learning so much about my dreams and goals . . . it's been exhilarating, empowering, and sometimes scary - but I'd do it all over again!
Traveling the globe, experiencing new cultures, collaborating with others and a quest for learning are key ingredients to my inspirations and outlook. I design and make jewelry for the client who has a clear point of view and savors the mixing and pairing of different styles across the many brands or they may love and collect . . .mixing metals, pairing high / low, high-polish or rustic chic, diamonds or fancy colored stones.... diversity is where it's at, and I work hard to create pieces that allow my customers' distinct style to shine.
I look forward to working with you, and I thank you for supporting my creative dreams!
~ Barb | Peterson MADE