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, quickly evolved to a part-time business and a serious quest to build knowledge and skills. Leaving the early days of self-study behind, I became a student of many nationally known masters for a classical education in metal / jewelry arts attending 1:1 workshops and numerous intensive programs at Sawtooth School for Visual Art (NC), Central Piedmont Community College (NC), Jewelry Arts Institute (NY), Wolf Designs (ME), Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts (TN), and the Graduate Bench Jeweler Program at New Approach School for Jewelers (TN).
My work reflects a modern take on traditional goldsmithing skills - fabrication, stone setting, metal alloying, wax carving, casting - and I continue to explore new techniques and inspirations to build my design vocabulary. 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 career in the global financial and technology sectors - program management, operations, and customer service. Although my path is likely very different from other artists, I feel so fortunate to bring my business experience to my creative passions in the jewelry studio.
2017 marked the beginning of a year-long creative sabbatical, where I was fortunate to make a full-time investment in my artistic passions. Building new skills, forging new relationships, expanding my jewelry brand, 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 my outlook.
I design and make jewelry for the client who has a point of view, who is diverse in their tastes, and savors the mixing and pairing of different styles across the many brands they may love and collect. 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 your support.
~ Barb | Peterson MADE