Yorkshire metalsmith Nick Grant Barnes and his wife Diane; two brilliant heir apparent, a couple of cats & Bethany the pup have made their home & workspace in Maryland, USA since 1995.
Through teaching & creating one off commissions for customers & exhibitions, he has developed his style working with a myriad of mediums from precious metals; plastics; woods & not too precious materials that are fun to play with.
His work has been collected & exhibited internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications.
500 Metal vessels
500 Wedding Rings
The Yaw Gallery – The Functional Vase – 1998
The Yaw Gallery – Pieces that Serve – 1999
The Yaw Gallery – Metalsmiths in America – 2002
FoldForming – Charles lewton brain
Nick currently teaches part time in the Jewelry department at the prestigious Art League School in Alexandria, VA.
He is an active & proud member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths – http://www.washingtonguildofgoldsmiths.com
Metals prize – Creative Crafts Council – 1998
Extraordinary Service Award – Washington Guild of Goldsmiths Biennial Show – 2002
Metals prize – Creative Crafts Council – 2002
Secret Indentities Show – Best in show – 2nd place – 2005
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – Jurors special recognition award – 2005
Saul Bell design award – Rio Grande – 2nd place in the Enamel category – collaborative piece with Abby Shindler Goldblatt.
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – jurors special recognition award – 2010
Metals prize – Creative Crafts Council – 2011
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – jurors special recognition award – 2014
Crafts Council – Metals 1st Place Award – Every Piece Has its Moment – 2015.
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – jurors special recognition award – 2016
Creative Crafts Council – jurors Metals honorable mention – 2017
WGG – Metalwork Biennial show – jurors honorable mention – 2018
Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition – 1st place, ‘Twist Ring’ – 2018