Barbara Christie

We regret to report that Barbara Christie died on 2nd January 2013. Barbara will be greatly missed by the designer jewellery community, for the unique quality of her work in both its conception and its craftsmanship, and for her vibrant personality.

This retrospective exhibition showed a wide range of her work from the last three decades.

18th January to 2nd March 2013 at Contemporary Applied Arts, London

Barbara Christie has made a unique and creative contribution to contemporary British jewellery practice. She was a storyteller whose narrative was expressed in metal and stones. Helen Clifford calls her “…a magician… who else can turn a lump of white coral into a little bowl of cream, carved red coral strawberries sitting deliciously on top –small hard ruby beads become soft juicy fruit.” This exhibition shows recent and classic pieces drawn from three decades of inspirational work. Following its showing at Ruthin, the exhibition is open at Contemporary Applied Arts until 2nd March.

There is an excellent catalogue from Ruthin, full of seductive photographs of the work and containing a perceptive introductory essay by Helen Clifford and an account of Barbara's teaching methods by Henrietta Lidchi. The exhibition has been curated by Karen Sarkissian, formerly of Electrum.

Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London W1T 1DD,       http://www.caa.org.uk/